Climate Change and the Global Ocean

  • Released Monday, October 12th, 2009
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:54PM
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We know climate change can affect us, but does climate change alter something as vast, deep and mysterious as our oceans? For years, scientists have studied the world's oceans by sending out ships and divers, deploying data-gathering buoys, and by taking aerial measurements from planes. But one of the better ways to understand oceans is to gain an even broader perspective - the view from space. NASA's Earth observing satellites do more than just take pictures of our planet. High-tech sensors gather data, including ocean surface temperature, surface winds, sea level, circulation, and even marine life. Information the satellites obtain help us understand the complex interactions driving the world's oceans today - and gain valuable insight into how the impacts of climate change on oceans might affect us on dry land.

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  • Tides of Change: Remote Sensing and the Global Ocean (ID: 2009090)
    Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 4:00AM
    Produced by - Terry Cole