Wednesday, February 21, 2024

What Does a Warming Arctic Mean for the Future? | European Space Agency

What Does a Warming Arctic Mean for the Future? European Space Agency

The Arctic is experiencing disproportionately higher temperature increases compared to the rest of the planet, triggering a series of cascading effects. This rapid warming has profound implications for global climate patterns, human populations and wildlife. 

The Copernicus Imaging Microwave Radiometer mission (CIMR) will provide measurements to decision makers with evidence of change and impact in the polar regions—with a focus on the Arctic. 

The mission has the largest radiometer developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) and will provide high-resolution measurements related to sea ice, the ocean, snow and ice-sheet surfaces. This will be crucial in understanding the evolution of the climate in the polar region.

CIMR is one of six Copernicus Sentinel Expansion missions that ESA is developing on behalf of the EU. The missions will expand the current capabilities of the Copernicus Space Component—"the world’s biggest supplier of Earth observation data."

This video features interviews with Craig Donlon, CIMR Mission Scientist, Rolv Midthassel, CIMR Payload Manager, Claudio Galeazzi, CIMR Project Manager, Mariel Triggianese, CIMR Satellite Engineering and AIV Manager, and Marcello Sallusti, CIMR System Performance and Operations Manager.

In the meantime, Craig has changed his role but will retain his position as Mission Scientist.

Video Credit: European Space Agency (ESA)

Duration: 12 minutes, 35 seconds

Release Date: Feb. 15, 2024

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