Satellites increasingly critical to monitor ocean health

Oceans play a crucial role in regulating the Earth’s climate by absorbing heat and carbon dioxide, but this leads to ocean acidification and alterations in temperature, circulation, and weather patterns, affecting marine ecosystems and global climate. Satellites have become essential tools for monitoring ocean health.

Recent research, highlighted in a paper published in Earth Science Reviews, demonstrates the significant contribution of research project supported by EO Science for Society, in advancing our understanding of ocean-carbon dynamics. This research has led to effective visualizations, like the ‘ocean pH stripes,’ illustrating changes in ocean acidity over four decades.

ESA’s ongoing efforts, including the development of missions like the Copernicus Imaging Microwave Radiometer (CIMR), promise to be game-changers in our understanding of oceans and polar regions, essential for effective climate action amidst profound environmental changes.

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