Satellite Oceanography. Modified from a Presentation at STAO 2003 By Dr. Michael J. Passow. Ocean Satellites. Permit observations globally, especially useful where there are no ships or buoys
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Modified from a
Presentation at STAO 2003
By Dr. Michael J. Passow
Takes about 90 minutes to make one revolution
Covers different areas each orbit as Earth rotates
Provides detailed images
Can produce time sequence
Remains over same portion of planet by revolving with same period as Earth’s rotation
Can provide full disk or smaller views
Useful for weather and communicationTwo basic satellite orbits
Monitors global ocean circulation, studies ties between the oceans and atmosphere, improves global climate forecasts and predictions, and monitors events such as El Niño conditions and ocean eddies.
Ice conditions monitored by satellite and ships are available at http://ice-glaces.ec.gc.ca/App/WsvPageDsp.cfm?ID=1&Lang=eng