EU launches third environmental satellite

A third EU satellite which will send environmental data to help tackle climate change has been launched. It will focus on Earth’s oceans, measuring temperature, colour and sea levels. The […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

A third EU satellite which will send environmental data to help tackle climate change has been launched.

It will focus on Earth’s oceans, measuring temperature, colour and sea levels.

The Sentinel-3A will measure changes in ocean water temperature, seawater quality and pollution.

It will also provide information needed for ocean forecasting and maritime.

The satellite is part of the European Commissions’ Copernicus programme.

According to the UK Space Agency, the Met Office plans to use sea surface temperature data from the satellite to initialise their weather forecast models.

It added companies are planning to use the data from the satellite as the backbone of a cost effective information service in a range of areas from flooding to agriculture and aquaculture.