Satellites Oceans Observation in Relation to Global Change

  • Manuel Cantón-Garbín


In this chapter we emphasize the importance of the oceans in the control of the Earth climate due to its capacity to transfer and redistribute heat over all the planet and due to its greenhouse gases absorption capacity. Satellites are measuring from thirty years ago physical and biological parameters (temperature, productivity, sea level, global winds and waves) that inform us about the global variability of these parameters during the last decades. It is not possible to infer long term changes from this time scale, but the changes measured from the space are in good agreement with the predictions from other data sources and climate models. If we stop immediately our contaminating and emissions of greenhouses gases activities, the Earth could take about 1,000 years to return to its “normal” cycles. It is too late to follow by the way of the sustainable development, it’s time for a sustainable retreat (Lovelock 2007). An irreversible global change could be so close to trust that the international agreements save to the civilization from global change. So, its time for fast actions.


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