Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica

Uncategorized

Satellite That Predicts Climate Change About to Launch

space

British scientists are preparing to launch a revolutionary satellite that will provide precise measurements of the earth’s gravitational field, which will in turn provide exact measurements of ocean currents. So why is that important? Well, ocean currents transport heat around the planet— and that means that the currents have a huge impact on the earth’s climate.

The €330 million satellite will map the planet’s gravitational field once every 70 days for 18 months. It will orbit at a low altitude—160 miles—in order to measure tiny gravitational fluctuations.

Expect the satellite to be in orbit in the next two weeks. And if you happen to be at the Plesetsk cosmodrome near Moscow, you can even watch it launch.

I do wonder about the practical applications of the satellite besides the knowledge of which areas of the world are about to be clobbered by global warming. Still, even that is useful, as people in affected regions will be able to prepare for what lies ahead. And maybe it will once and for all prove to global warming deniers that climate change isn’t a farce.

More Posts on Climate Change:

 

Advertisement
 
Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Written By

was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a senior editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine, and more. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

Comments

You May Also Like

Cars

By focusing on ways to improve efficiency at its factories, EV brand Polestar has managed to reduce carbon emissions by 6% per car.

Cars

Government rebates, cash for clunkers programs, and congestion fees? New Zealand is doing a lot of things right!

Clean Transport

Ford, Volvo Cars and broad industry coalition appeals to EU to ensure all new cars and vans are zero emissions from 2035 and to...

Climate Change

Those wells need to be decommissioned so that they never again spout emissions. But promising climate action and delivering it are two entirely different...

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.