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  1. SARAL/AltiKa to enhance understanding of Earth’s climate

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    September 17, 2012

    The French-Indian SARAL/AltiKa altimetry mission is scheduled to launch 25 February from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in southern India. Its goal is to enable closer monitoring of sea-surface height from space.

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  2. Fukushima- Forecasting radiation dispersal at sea

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    April 29, 2011

    In the wake of the nuclear accident at Fukushima in Japan, the SIROCCO research group in Toulouse, overseen by CNES, has been simulating the dispersal of contamination at sea using imagery from the Jason and Envisat satellites.

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  3. Jason-2 delivers its first global maps

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    August 7, 2008

    The first global ocean maps delivered by Jason-2 compare very closely to those obtained by its predecessor Jason-1. A real bonus for the teams calibrating the satellite’s instruments.

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  4. Sea elephant oceanographers: a 10-year success story

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    May 7, 2013

    For the last 10 years, more than 200 elephant seals have been patrolling the southern seas wearing some strange headgear: an Argos transmitter instrumented with temperature, salinity and pressure sensors. The data these sensors acquire are fed in near-real time into the Mercator operational oceanography model and also tell us more about the animals' ecology.

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