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August 20, 2014
Watching the Winds Where Sea Meets Sky
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 15, 2014
The ocean covers 71 percent of Earth's surface and affects weather over the entire globe. Hurricanes and storms that begin far out over the ocean affect people on land and interfere with shipping at sea. And the ocean stores carbon and heat, which are transported from the ocean to the air and back, allowing for photosynthesis and affecting Earth's climate. To understand all these processes, scientists need information about winds near the ocean's surface. NASA's ISS-RapidScat, launching to t ... read more

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