ESA missions are tracking critical climate variables Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency describes how satellite missions are key to understanding the health and behavior of the Earth.
The effects of our planet’s changing climate can be seen on land, at sea, in polar ice caps, and in unusual weather patterns.
According to the ESA, when you look at the concentrations of atmospheric gases that are driving climate change, there is an “obvious correlation between human activity and climate change.” ERS mission. Over nearly 2 decades of operation the European Remote Sensing satellite ERS mission provided a wealth of valuable information for tracking changes in sea level, sea state.
ESA satellites, which consistently revisit that same areas of the globe, are able to provide critical information about how the Earth is responding to climate change. Current missions operated from ESOC Name Purpose Description Aeolus Earth observation (1) ESA’s wind mission BepiColombo Planetary science (1) Mercury explorer Cluster II Science (4) Earth’s magnetic environment CryoSat Earth observation (1) ESA’s ice mission 11 more rows. ESA missions are tracking critical climate variables as shown above in the video shows how the patterns can be tracked and shown the activity for each and every different climate change and the seasons.
A staple of the ESA’s Science Doctrine is the Cosmic Vision programme, a series of space science missions chosen by the ESA to launch through competitions, similar to NASA ‘s Discovery and New Frontiers programmes. It succeeds the Horizon 2000 and Horizon 2000+ programmes which launched notable missions such as Huygens, Rosetta and Gaia.
Video Credit: European Space Agency