Copernicus Sentinel-6 will monitor sea level rise in real time Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency describes the upcoming mission of the Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, which will be launched this month from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Sentinel-6 will use radar altimetry to obtain near real-time measurements of sea surface height and wind speeds, which will help scientists monitor sea level rise. Copernicus Sentinel-6 will monitor sea level rise in real time as shown in the video above and has responsibility for ground segment development and coordination at system level, including for operations preparation.
The mission is a collaboration between ESA, the European Commission, EUMETSAT, NASA and NOAA, with support from the French space agency CNES. Since the launch of TOPEX/Poseidon on 10 August 1992, high-precision satellite altimeters have been essential to monitor how the ocean stores and redistributes heat, water, and carbon in the climate system. The two satellites, Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich and Sentinel-6B, will extend this legacy through to at least 2030 which will provide a nearly forty-year record of sea level rise as well as changes in ocean currents.
The satellite is named after NASA’S former director of Earth Observation.
Video Credit: ESA