Earth Observation Mission News
Sentinel for sea-level rise enters testing
15 November 2019
The next satellite tasked with maintaining the "gold standard" measurement of sea-level rise is about to enter final testing. Sentinel-6a will pick up from the long-running Jason series of spacecraft when it launches in November 2020.
These missions track the height and shape of Earth's oceans with microwave altimeters. Since 1992, the orbiting instruments have observed sea level go up by an average of 3.2mm per year.
Source: BBC News
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