Image of an artist's impression of the Topex/Poseidon ocean-observing satellite launched in 1992

An artist's impression of the Topex/Poseidon ocean-observing satellite launched in 1992

Countdown to Satellite Launch and new era of ocean research

Teams of climate change researchers around the world will be anxiously counting down the launch of the Jason-2 satellite from California, scheduled for 20 June 2008. Successful lift-off will mean a whole new era in detecting the expansion of our oceans and sea level rise, both major indicators of climate change. (5:30)

  • 20 June 2008 | Updated 24 November 2011

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Dr David Griffin and the team from CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans Flagship have combined with meteorologists and research scientists from Europe and the US to support the launch and study its findings.

The Jason-2 satellite will criss-cross the Earth for at least 5 years monitoring surface and sub-surface ocean conditions, and the data it sends back will direct our efforts to combat climate change and sea level rise.

The data will also support advanced weather forecasting, because the temperature of our oceans dictates weather patterns around the globe.

Watch the launch live (5:46pm Friday 20 Jun 2008) NASA TV  [external link]

The Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research (CAWCR)  [external link]

The Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research is a partnership between CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology.

National Research Flagships

CSIRO initiated the National Research Flagships to provide science-based solutions in response to Australia’s major research challenges and opportunities. The nine Flagships form multidisciplinary teams with industry and the research community to deliver impact and benefits for Australia.

Read about Ocean satellite launch critical to Australian science (Media release 20 Jun 08).

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