MEASURING SEA LEVEL RISE FROM SPACE ~ NPR

November 20, 2020

REBECCA HERSHER

MADELINE K. SOFIA

In this illustration, the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich spacecraft – the world’s latest sea-level satellite – orbits Earth with its deployable solar panels extended.NASA/JPL-Caltech

A new satellite, scheduled to launch this weekend, is the latest in a parade of missions to measure sea level rise. As climate reporter Rebecca Hersher explains, it’s vital data for scientists trying to understand how global warming is affecting the Earth’s oceans. 

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