Latest Ocean surface topography Stories
NASA and the French space agency Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) have agreed to jointly build, launch, and operate a spacecraft to conduct the first-ever global survey of Earth's surface water and to map ocean surface height with unprecedented detail.
Three NASA-built instruments that are integral components of the next in a series of U.S./European ocean altimetry satellites have arrived in France for integration with their spacecraft in preparation for a 2015 launch.
NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif., to launch the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Jason-3 spacecraft in December 2014 aboard a Falcon 9 v1.0 rocket from Complex 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
In a city where sea level is of particular significance, a scientific conference on the radar that records sea-surface height will be held in September.
La Niña, "the diva of drought," is peaking, increasing the odds that the Pacific Northwest will have more stormy weather this winter and spring, while the southwestern and southern United States will be dry.
New NASA satellite data indicate the current La NiÃ±a event in the eastern Pacific has remained strong during November and December 2010.
The tropical Pacific Ocean has transitioned from last winter's El NiÃ±o conditions to a cool La NiÃ±a, as shown by new data about sea surface heights, collected by the US-French Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM)/Jason-2 oceanography satellite.
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