Minimize Greenhouse Gases
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Greenhouse gases help to keep our planet warm, but with too much the planet's temperature would increase, and by contrast the temperature would plummet without these gases. Satellites can help to measure the accumulations of gas in the atmosphere and determine future trends.

 

The OLCI instrument on-board SENTINEL-3 will support atmospheric monitoring of the constituents of Greenhouse gases, changes in the ozone layer, and monitor potentially harmful aerosols. More information on the OLCI support to these applications can be found here.

Minimize Thematic Results
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Sentinel-3 and the ocean carbon conundrum

25 February 2016

Each year, about a quarter of the carbon dioxide we release into the atmosphere ends up in the ocean, but how it happens is still not fully understood. The Sentinel-3A satellite is poised to play an important role in shedding new light on this exchange.

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Air quality under new scrutiny

28 October 2014

As part of the preparations for the Sentinel-5 Precursor air-quality monitoring mission, scientists teamed up in Romania recently to test different airborne systems that will be used to ensure this new satellite delivers accurate measurements of pollutants in the air we breathe.

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Monitoring air quality takes next step

28 March 2014

With air pollution linked to millions of deaths around the world, it has never been more important to monitor the air we breathe. Today marks a significant step forward as a deal is secured to build a crucial space sensor for tracking the world's air quality.

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Europe clears the air

09 July 2012

Satellite measurements show that nitrogen dioxide in the lower atmosphere over parts of Europe and the US has fallen over the past decade. More than 15 years of atmospheric observations have revealed trends in air quality.