Jason-3 live web briefing 19 September 2016

EUMETSAT will host a live web briefing about the Jason-3 ocean altimetry satellite on Monday 19 September 2016.

Jason-3 was launched on 17 January 2016 this year and now after months of carefully checking its instruments, and the quality of the data it is sending back to Earth, the satellite is being readied to take over from its predecessor Jason-2 as the reference source of high-precision measurements of the global sea surface height from space. The satellite will provide essential data for weather forecasting and monitoring of climate change and it will ensure that the crucially important record of sea level measurements – uninterrupted since 1992 – continues.

The briefing will start at 14:00 (UTC) on 19 September 2016 and involve short presentations from all of the Jason-3 programme partners – the European Union (EU), the French Space Agency (CNES), the US’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and EUMETSAT – followed by questions via Twitter using the hashtag #askjason3. Alternatively, questions can be submitted beforehand via press@eumetsat.int.

Jason-3 and Copernicus

The European Commission funds European contributions to the satellite’s operations as part of the EU’s flagship Earth observation environmental programme, Copernicus. Within Copernicus, Jason-3 will provide essential data for CMEMS and it is the reference mission for calibrating observations of sea surface height collected by the Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellites.

More information

More information about the briefing can be found here: http://www.eumetsat.int/website/home/News/ConferencesandEvents/DAT_3187945.html

For more information or to submit questions via e-mail, please contact Valerie Barthmann on press@eumetsat.int

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