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  1. CNES and Ifremer sign framework agreement- Space advancing knowledge of the marine environment

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    December 9, 2016

    Thursday 8 December at CNES’s Head Office in Paris, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and François Jacq, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Ifremer, the French institute of marine research, signed a framework agreement on space to advance knowledge of the marine environment. The agreement aims to foster synergies between the two agencies’ missions and competencies in their respective areas of excellence.

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  2. COP21 space agenda Jason-3 satellite successfully launched

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    January 17, 2016

    The Jason-3 oceanography satellite was launched Sunday 17 January at 19:42 CET from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), California, by a Falcon 9 launcher supplied by NASA. The satellite then came under control of teams at the Toulouse Space Centre to switch on the bus and payload. Jason-3 will now begin its mission to extend the long record of high-precision ocean current and sea-surface height data built up by its predecessors TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason-1 and Jason-2.

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  3. Charting and forecasting ocean conditions

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    June 3, 2008

    Satellite altimetry is the only space-based technology capable of penetrating below the ocean surface. This capability will benefit a broad range of ocean forecasting applications, now and in the future.

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  4. Jason-2: watching sea level and weather

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    April 30, 2004

    Satellites monitor sea level, wave height, wind speed and current movements from space. Like its predecessors, Jason-2 will obtain all these data from altimeter range measurements.

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  5. SARAL satellite in orbit

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    February 25, 2013

    The Indian SARAL satellite was placed into orbit Monday 25 February from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in southern India. The satellite is carrying AltiKa, a new-generation radar instrument developed by CNES to tell us more about Earth’s climate.

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  6. CFOSAT to gain new insights into sea state

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    April 13, 2011

    A joint project of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) and CNES, CFOSAT is now entering its detailed definition phase. The future satellite’s chief goal will be to measure surface wind and the directional spectrum of waves.

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  8. Sea elephant oceanographers: a 10-year success story

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    May 7, 2013

    For the last 10 years, more than 200 elephant seals have been patrolling the southern seas wearing some strange headgear: an Argos transmitter instrumented with temperature, salinity and pressure sensors. The data these sensors acquire are fed in near-real time into the Mercator operational oceanography model and also tell us more about the animals' ecology.

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  9. Fukushima- Forecasting radiation dispersal at sea

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    April 29, 2011

    In the wake of the nuclear accident at Fukushima in Japan, the SIROCCO research group in Toulouse, overseen by CNES, has been simulating the dispersal of contamination at sea using imagery from the Jason and Envisat satellites.

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  10. A leap forward for oceanography

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    June 10, 2008

    Over the last 15 years, altimetry satellites have been poring over the oceans in every detail, collecting more data in 10 days than could be gathered over several centuries by ships. This nascent revolution in oceanography promises to improve climate forecasting.

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