Minimize Climate and Seasonal Forecasting
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Satellites are a vital tool for monitoring the climate and how it can affect weather seasons, leading to phenomena such as the "El Nino". This is useful for forecasting potential weather systems.

 

SENTINEL-3's OLCI and SLSTR instruments  will provide data for climate modelling and impact studies. The ALT instument will support Climate & Seasonal Forecasting, and the mission will also undertake monitoring of river and lake levels, and contribute to flood monitoring studies. More on SENTINEL-3's marine monitoring applications can be found here (OLCI) and here (SLSTR)

Minimize Thematic Results

Radar altimetry gains altitude in Venice

24 September 2012

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Scientists have gathered in the 'floating city' this week to talk about radar altimetry - measuring the heights of the global sea surface, freshwater bodies, land and ice using spaceborne sensors.

Held every five years, the '20 Years of Progress in Radar Altimetry Symposium' gives participants the opportunity to focus on the challenges overcome to develop our current understanding of Earth's surface variations observed by altimetry.

Radar altimeters record the surface topography along the satellite's ground track. They precisely measure a satellite's height above water, land or ice by timing the interval between the transmission and reception of very short radar pulses.

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