Because we live in the age of Aquarius, this question can be answered.
And this is the answer, The Aquarius Sea Surface Salinity Satellite. Sorry for the psychedelic rendition. I’m reliving the 1960′s Age of Aquarius hippie groove thing!
This is better! Aquarius is a collaboration between NASA and the Space Agency of Argentina.
It’s mission is to study Sea Surface Salinity from Space.
Liftoff of the Delta II rocket with the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft aboard, June 10, 2011.
If you have an extra 3 minutes, I would highly recommend watching this film by the NASA Goddard Space Research Center.
Here are some of the high points, from the video.
A study from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego measured the salinity and temperature of ocean water and how it is effected by natural phenomena such as:
Natural climate cycles
and Solar Flares.
After running hundreds of computer climate models, which took into account all the natural world phenomena, they could NOT replicate the salinity or temperature patterns that researchers have observed since 1955.
ONLY when the warming trends ASSOCIATED WITH HUMAN ACTIVITY were added could the observed salinity trends and temperature changes be explained.
When it comes to climate change, we ARE making a difference. Unfortunately, it’s the WRONG difference.
And that’s what Aquarius is hoping to help us understand. And then ultimately, fix!
Aquarius covers the surface of the Earth once every 7 days.