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Meet the experts: ocean views from space

Earth observation satellites are guardians of our planet. Thanks to remote sensing technology and daily data collection, researchers are able to better monitor our planet's oceans and rising sea levels from space. ESA senior advisor for Earth Observation programmes Jérôme Beneviste explains how ocean views from space play a role in climate change studies and natural catastrophe predictions.

The ESA Climate Change Initiative is generating long-term climate datasets required to meet the needs of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). These include records for several ocean variables including sea level, sea state, ocean colour, sea surface temperature, sea ice and sea surface salinity.