Friday, January 25, 2008

New radar satellite technique sheds light on ocean current dynamics

Some exciting developments in radar will tremendously enhance the study of ocean surface currents. The story from Innovations Report in Germany reports on the SeaSAR 2008 workshop held this week in ESRIN, ESA's European Centre for Earth Observation in Frascati, Italy.

The gathered scientists discussed number of gadgets with a high cool factor, such as Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR). The story is acronym-riddled and a little technical, and the science is similar to the radar guns that cops use to check car speeds. But don't let that deter you.

ASAR image of a 2002 oil spill off the coast of Spain by Envisat

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