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The measurement of ocean surface movement is used in the operational planning of ship routes and in the design of marine structures such as oil rigs. While the study of internal ocean waves is being improved as input to such applications.

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Science meets Sentinel-3

06 December 2013

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With the first of the Sentinel satellites being readied for launch next spring, scientists are looking ahead to the third mission in the series to ensure the highest quality data possible.

The main objectives of the Sentinel-3 mission are to measure sea-surface topography, sea- and land-surface temperature and ocean- and land-surface colour.

To achieve this, the satellites will carry a suite of advanced instruments, including a precision radar altimeter, an infrared radiometer and a wide-swath ocean and land-colour radiometer.

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