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TOPEX Poseidon a United States France Mission. Oceanography From Space the Oceans and Climate

TOPEX Poseidon a United States France Mission. Oceanography From Space the Oceans and Climate

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Published by: Bob Andrepont on Feb 18, 2011
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EarthistheOceanPlanet:oceanwaters,vitaltoalllife,covermorethan70percentofitssurface.Stirredandmixedbymightycurrents,theoceansdistributeheatacrosstheglobeandregulateourclimate.TheEarth'sclimatehaschangedinthepastanditmaysoonchangeagain.Risingatmosphericconcentra-tionsofcarbondioxideandother"greenhousegases"producedasaresultofhumanactivitiescouldgenerateaglobalwarming,followedbyanassociatedriseinsealevel.Butinordertomakereliablepredictions,wemustfirstgainaquantitativeunderstandingoftheroleofoceancurrentsinclimatechange.ThisunderstandingrequirescornDrehensivenewobservationsoftheOceanPlanetfromspaceThechallengewillbemetbyTOPEX/POSEIDON,ajointmissionoftheUnitedStatesandFrance.LaTerre,plan_tebleue
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Lesoceans,indispensables&toutevie,couvrentplusde70%desasurface.Brass6spardepuissantscourants,lesoceansdistribuentlachaleurdanstoutleglobeet6quilibrentsonclimat.Parlepass_celui-ciadej&6volue'toutefoislesactiviteshumainesentra_nentdesconcentrationsdegazca[boniqueetd'autresgaz&effetdeserre.Des6volutionsrapidessontpossibles,commeunrechauffementglobalentra_nantunemont6eduniveaudesmers.Pourfairedesprevisionsfiables,nousdevonscomprendreetmesurerler61edescourantsoceaniquesdartsleschangementsclimatiques.Cetted_marcheimpliquedenouvellesobservations__ar_ciseseffectu_es_I'_chelleglobale.C'estled_fique_:_'_relivelamissionTOPEX/POSEIDON,organis6eish_e-s.........._._..[;_Etats-UnisetlaFrance.fromSpace...........................................10Mappingthe_OceanSurface............................................12UnprecedentedAccuracy...............I4UnitedStates/FrancePartnershi16ScientticUnderstanding...............:...,::;;......_................1-8"
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