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New satellite to monitor sea level rise

by Selwyn Bergman
on 22 May 2008
Oceanography SA
Oceanography SA

The new Jason-2 OSTM satellite, set to launch in mid-June 2008 will monitor the rate of sea level rise by means of a radar altimeter.

The Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM) Jason-2 Satellite exists as a result of an international collaboration between the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the French Space Agency and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites.

"The satellite will continue monitoring trends in sea-level rise, one of the most important consequences and indicators of global climate change," reports NASA.

The satellite is scheduled to launch on 15 June from California's Vandenburg Air Force Base.

Further Reading:
Joint NASA-French Satellite to Track Trends in Sea Level, Climate
U.S-French satellite to track sea levels
Jason-2 Satellite Data to Help NOAA Track Global Sea Level

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