"Earth’s ocean is incredibly vast. Some parts of it are so remote that the
nearest human habitation is the International Space Station.
As the world warms, what happens in the ocean – and what happens to the ocean –
will be vital to all our lives. But to monitor what’s happening in remote
waters, we need to study the ocean from space.
Late last year, NASA and CNES, the French space agency, launched a satellite
that promises to give scientists a far better view than ever before of the
ocean’s surface. The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission will
reveal ocean currents that play a crucial role in the weather and climate.
To make the most of the satellite observations, we need to compare them with
measurements made at surface level. That is why we are heading out to sea on
the state-of-the-art CSIRO research vessel RV Investigator
essential ocean data under the satellite’s path as it orbits Earth."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics