SWOT Satellite Mission to Understand Surface Water

From www.watertoday.ca by Cori Marshall 

“Water is essential, not only for human survival but as a cornerstone of our understanding of life itself. Recently a group of international scientists announced that within a group of recently discovered exoplanets, three could possibly be home to liquid water oceans on the surface. Being that water is at the core of our understanding of life, how much do we really understand our oceans and bodies of fresh water?

The Global Land-Ocean Temperature Index shows that average global temperatures have been steadily rising, and that the warmest ten years on record have occurred in the twenty-first century. NASA research shows that as water heats and expands making sea levels rise, this surface height indicates the amount of heat stored in our oceans. It is the heat stockpiled in our oceans that drives our climate.

The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission aims to enhance our understanding of our oceans and terrestrial surface waters.”

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