NASA On Air: NASA Aids European Space Agency In Measuring Upper Air Arctic Winds (6/24/2015)

  • Released Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:49PM
  • ID: 11906

LEAD: In 2016 the European Space Agency, ESA, will launch a ‘first-of-its-kind' satellite to measure key elements in the earth's wind fields.

1. The Aeolus satellite, named after the mythical Greek god of the winds, will measure worldwide upper level winds to help improve weather and climate forecasts.

2. NASA recently helped ESA calibrate its new wind instrument by taking simultaneous wind measurements with two Doppler lidars aboard its DC-8 aircraft.

TAG: The flights focused over the Arctic since this area holds particular interest due to the continued rise in Arctic temperatures.

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