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2009-06-16 05:03:00

BOULDER, Colo., June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- This month marks a decade of success for NASA's QuikSCAT mission, one that continues to provide a wealth of information about Earth's climate since its launch June 19, 1999. Although QuikSCAT's mission life was designed for two years, the spacecraft continues to operate into its tenth year and its groundbreaking research is being used to help predict severe weather patterns, create wave-prediction models and to observe global climate change....

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2008-11-18 16:22:05

An Earth-observing satellite that has provided early detection of ocean storms and advanced the scientific exploration of global ocean wind patterns has been recognized for helping scientists better understand our home planet. NASA and the U.S. Department of the Interior Tuesday presented William T. Pecora Awards to NASA's Quick Scatterometer, or QuikSCAT, mission team and Samuel N. Goward of the University of Maryland, College Park. The two agencies present individual and group Pecora Awards...

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2008-11-18 10:48:19

An ESA campaign carried out in Austria has demonstrated how snow, a key component in the Earth's water cycle and important source of fresh water, can be measured from space using radar. The campaign supports one of the main objectives of the candidate Earth Explorer CoReH2O. Cold Regions Hydrology High-Resolution Observatory (CoReH2O) is one of six candidate Earth Explorer missions that has just completed an assessment study and will be presented to the science community at a User...

2008-09-13 12:00:18

By Tad Walch Deseret News PROVO -- Forecasters trying to predict the bruising path of Hurricane Ike used data developed and supported by a team at Brigham Young University. Engineering professor David Long helped write computer code for a satellite sensor that provides important information about the wind speed and wind direction of ocean storms. The sensor, known as SeaWinds, was launched aboard the QuikSCAT satellite in 1999. The sensor produces images processed by Long and two...

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2007-10-01 15:25:00

PASADENA, Calif. - A new NASA-led study found a 23-percent loss in the extent of the Arctic's thick, year-round sea ice cover during the past two winters. This drastic reduction of perennial winter sea ice is the primary cause of this summer's fastest-ever sea ice retreat on record and subsequent smallest-ever extent of total Arctic coverage. A team led by Son Nghiem of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., studied trends in Arctic perennial ice cover by combining data from...

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2006-07-05 17:55:06

For the first time, NASA scientists using space-based measurements have directly monitored and measured the complete cycle of water movement for an entire continent. Using satellite data from three Earth-orbiting NASA missions -- Quick Scatterometer (QuikScat), Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (Grace), and Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) -- a science team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., directly observed the seasonal cycling of water into and out of...

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2005-08-11 12:55:32

ESA -- Heavy rainfall and flooding from Typhoon Matsa killed at least 12 people and caused millions of euros worth of damage in China. In Matsa's aftermath, unique data from ESA's ERS-2 spacecraft reveal the interior wind fields powering it at its height. China's ninth typhoon this year, Matsa first came ashore at Yuhan County in Zhejiang Province on 6 August, with reported winds up to 250 kilometres per hour. Matsa brought heavy rains and serious damage to several coastal provinces and...

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2005-06-08 13:35:47

ESA -- Earth's oceans are what make this a Blue Planet. Our seas influence the climate, produce most of the oxygen we breathe, serve as a means of transport and a major source of food and resources. Today's World Ocean Day is a chance to learn more about the seas that surround us "“ and how satellite monitoring helps protect them. Wednesday 8 June is the 13th annual World Ocean Day. Created in 1992 at the Earth Summit at Rio de Janeiro, World Ocean Day is an opportunity to...

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2005-04-23 11:18:50

ESA -- Ten years and 52,289 orbits on from its launch, the Earth Observation mission of ESA's ERS-2 satellite continues with all instruments functioning well. A growing global network of ground stations is receiving data from the veteran spacecraft. A solid decade of ERS-2 observations has helped cement a worldwide community of more than 3,000 users. Demand for ERS-2 data is ever increasing, spurred on by the fact that the spacecraft keeps on updating its data archives as it orbits the...