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Understanding the 'OC' in GOCE

25 November 2014

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A year after the satellite reentered the atmosphere, scientists using data from the GOCE satellite have made a breakthrough in our understanding of ocean currents.

The Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer, or GOCE, mapped variations in Earth's gravity with unrivalled precision, resulting in the most accurate shape of the 'geoid' - a hypothetical global ocean at rest - ever produced.

While the mission is well known for its gravity measurements, the second mission objective as an 'ocean circulation explorer' has reached a milestone.

Using GOCE data, scientists have produced the most accurate model of ocean current speeds to date.

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