NASA will launch additional Earth-observing satellite missions, such as the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission which is scheduled to launch in the coming years. The recently launched CYGNSS (Dec. 2016) is collecting the first frequent space-based measurements of surface wind speeds in the inner core of tropical cyclones to better understand their rapid intensification. The SWOT mission will contribute to a better understanding of the world’s ocean and terrestrial surface waters. These and other missions will ultimately enable new data products to aid our understanding of the atmosphere, land, and ocean and their roles in Earth’s changing climate for many years to come.
Artist's concept of one of the eight Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System satellites deployed in space above a hurricane.