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Discovering the Ocean from Space

The unique applications of satellite oceanography

  • Ian S. Robinson

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Geophysical Sciences book sub series (GEOPHYS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlvi
  2. Ian S. Robinson
    Pages 1-6
  3. Ian S. Robinson
    Pages 7-67
  4. Ian S. Robinson
    Pages 69-114
  5. Ian S. Robinson
    Pages 115-157
  6. Ian S. Robinson
    Pages 195-238
  7. Ian S. Robinson
    Pages 239-292
  8. Ian S. Robinson
    Pages 293-332
  9. Ian S. Robinson
    Pages 333-357
  10. Ian S. Robinson, Susanne Fangohr
    Pages 359-390
  11. Ian S. Robinson
    Pages 391-452
  12. Ian S. Robinson
    Pages 453-483
  13. Ian S. Robinson
    Pages 485-538
  14. Ian S. Robinson
    Pages 539-605
  15. Ian S. Robinson
    Pages 607-619
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 621-638

About this book

Introduction

The remote sensing of oceans from space has developed rapidly since 1978 when the first dedicated ocean viewing sensors were launched. In 1991 the first European Space Agency remote sensing satellite carried sensors primarily for the ocean, heralding the widespread use of satellite date by oceanographes. In the mid 1990's the US/French TOPEX-Poseidon mission revolutionised the performance of satellite altimetry and since 1997 NASA's SeaWiFs mission has delivered operational measurements of ocean colour. The new millennium has seen the launch of several very large remote sensing platforms ans a number of smaller missions by ESA, NASA and NASDA, providing almost comprehensive worldwide measurements of sea surface waves and wind, temperature, colour, currents and other ocean properties. The increasing availability of so much satellite data has undoubtedly changed the way the science of oceanography has developed. The unique perspective provided by satellites has revealed previously undetected ocean phenomena, cast new light on old problems and opened the way for new fields of oceanographic study.

Keywords

Coast Ocean Oceanography Remote sensing SST Satellite Oceanography See Topography satellite

Authors and affiliations

  • Ian S. Robinson
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. GeologySouthampton Oceonography Ctr.SouthamptonUnited Kingdom

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