August 15, 2014
Beer Cooler Helps Measure Sea Temperature
A beer cooler is playing an important role in helping to make sure that satellite measurements of sea-surface temperature are accurate. Converted beer coolers are used to house reference blackbodies for radiometers that measure sea-surface temperatures from ships. These ground-truth measurements are used to check that the satellite and the ship data are accurate and compliant with international metrology standards.
Credit: B. Haran / H. Mortimer / ESA / Planetary Visions / ATG medialab