The observations come from a group of researchers- working together, using multiple systems of measurement simultaneously- in a joint venture, which has never been tried before. The measurement of the ocean’s temperatures by using new techniques such as microwave and thermal measurements, together with the expanded coverage of the satellites, gives access to remote regions, and would give a better perspective to the human psyche of the situation of life and the oceans.
- Each year more than a quarter of global CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels and cement
- production are taken up by the Earth’s oceans.
- This process turns the seawater more acidic, making it more difficult for some marine life to live.
- Rising CO2 emissions, and the increasing acidity of seawater over the next century, has the potential to devastate some marine ecosystems, a food resource on which we rely, and so careful monitoring of changes in ocean acidity is crucial.
- Researchers at the University of Exeter, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Institut français de recherche pour l’exploitation de la mer (Ifremer), the European Space Agency and a team of international collaborators are developing new methods that allow them to monitor the acidity of the oceans from space.
The question of extra “terrestrial life” is only observable from here- while the ocean’s are the life source of the planet.
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