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To gather long-term information about the world's oceans and currents, orbiting instruments must take extremely precise measurements of the height of the ocean surface. Ocean surface topography data contains information that has significant practical applications in such areas as the study of worldwide weather and climate patterns, the monitoring of shoreline evolution, and the protection of ocean fisheries. This site, produced by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, describes the TOPEX/Poseidon and Jason-1 missions and how radar altimetry data is used for input into dynamic models for long term climate forecasting and prediction. It features text, satellite imagery, a glossary, and links to other relevant sites.
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