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Ocean surface topography from space (TOPEX/Poseidon Missions)
Joint US and France project, the TOPEX-Poseidon satellites continuously measures sea surface height. Oceans store and transport solar heat, helping to keep Earth's climate in balance. The overall shape of the oceans' "hills" and "valleys" is called ocean surface topography, or OST. Precise knowledge of OST is essential to predict the effects of catastrophic storms. Educational resources available for all ages and backgrounds. Outstanding animation of OTS also included.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Project
  • Visual:
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
    • Map
  • Text:
    • Glossary
  • Portal:
    • Non-profit
  • Dataset:
    • Remotely sensed
  • Climatology
  • Natural hazards
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Physical oceanography
  • Space science
  • Technology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and other use information is unknown. Please consult the resource directly for the latest information.
DLESE Catalog ID: BRIDGE-181
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JLP)
California Institute of Technology

Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Jet propulsion Laboratory (JLP)