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

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