China's Powerful Marine Satellite
|China's Marine Satellite|
China just launched a satellite to help improve global understanding of climate change and oceans. The satellite is so powerful it can detect temperatures on the ocean surface. It also has the power to detect chlorophyll, suspended sediment concentrations and dissolved organic matter which impact the color of the ocean.
Retrieving Vital Data on Climate Change and Global Oceans
The Chinese satellite will help monitor ocean color and water temperatures. The purpose is to retrieve data to research the global ocean environment. The satellite is a HY-1C and has a design life of 5 years. It will study global environmental changes like El Nino and the role of oceans in the global carbon cycle.
Monitoring Chinese Waters
According to the Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, the sat will also survey China's offshore waters, islands, coastal zones, marine disaster relief and the sustainable use and management of their ocean resources. It's expected to improve China's ocean remote sensing ability. China plans to launch another marine satellite in 2019.