Satellites are key to monitoring ocean carbon
University of Exeter
Satellites now play a key role in monitoring carbon levels in the oceans, but we are only just beginning to understand their full potential.
land. The oceans in particular have helped to slow climate change as they absorb and then store the carbon for thousands of years.
The IPCC Special Report on the Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, published in September, identified this critical role that the ocean play in regulating our climate along with the need to increase our monitoring and understanding of ocean health.
But the vast nature of the oceans, covering over 70% of the Earth’s surface, illustrates why satellites are an important component of any monitoring.
The new study, led by the University of Exeter, says that increased exploitation of existing satellites will enable us to fill “critical knowledge gaps” for monitoring our climate.
Read more here: https://phys.org/news/2019-11-satellites-key-ocean-carbon.html
Read the original article in Frontiers here: https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/fee.2129