Josef Aschbacher Michael Freilich Usa city Berlin Josef Aschbacher Michael Freilich Usa city Berlin

Europe, US 'climate guardian' satellite to monitor oceans

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BERLIN – A satellite jointly developed by Europe and the United States being launched this weekend will greatly help scientists keep track of the rise in global sea levels, one of the most daunting effects of climate change, a senior official at the European Space Agency said Friday.The new satellite, called Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, contains cutting-edge instruments able to capture sea level height with unprecedented accuracy, adding to space-based measurements going back almost 30 years.“This is an extremely important parameter for climate monitoring,” said Josef Aschbacher, the agency's director of Earth observation.Billions of people living in coastal areas around the planet are at risk in the coming decades as melting polar ice and..

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