Getting ready to chart sea level
12 April 2019
Records show that, on average, global sea level rose by 3.2 mm a year between 1993 and 2018, but hidden within this average is the fact that the rate of rise has been accelerating over the last few years. Taking measurements of the height of the sea surface is essential to monitoring this worrying trend – and the Copernicus Sentinel-6 mission is on the way to being ready to do just this.
The mission will be a constellation of two identical satellites that are launched sequentially.
Image credit: Airbus - Copernicus Sentinel-6 radiometer integration