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=/\= NASA aquarius in orbit, set to map ocean salinity
« on: June 12, 2011, 06:09:11 pm »
the new satellite will map the salt content of all the worlds oceans and will do so for a long time to come. the purpose is to track and record the varying salt content and get a better grasp of the oceans health. read the article here: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/161321/20110611/aquarius-salt-mapper-hits-orbit-video.htm
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Re: =/\= NASA aquarius in orbit, set to map ocean salinity
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2011, 04:50:59 pm »
Cool.  8)

So, does that make this The Age of Aquarius?  :music: ;)

But seriously, how does it work?
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The instrument will be able to do this by sensing thermal microwave emissions from the water's surface with three microwave instruments called radiometers.
Oh... but how does that work?  ;D

93 mile resolution seems a tad rough. Should give the big picture but higher resolutions could be very interesting particularly at coastlines and bays.

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Re: =/\= NASA aquarius in orbit, set to map ocean salinity
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2011, 03:06:34 pm »
Hoi stoneyface_XC,

 Thank you, for sharing your fine finds! I have had an interest in oceanography, and as I understand we now have a very useful tool for a long time to come; very interesting!

Cheers!

Take care... of our oceans


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