ESA BR-285 GOCE - ESA's Gravity Mission
Launched in March 2009, the Earth Explorer GOCE mission is measuring tiny variations in Earth's gravity field to advance our knowledge of ocean circulation, sea-level change and Earth-interior processes.
Data from the Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) mission will result in a model of the geoid’ with unprecedented accuracy and spatial resolution. A precise knowledge of the geoid is crucial to advance our understanding of ocean circulation and sea-level change, both of which are influenced by climate. The data from GOCE are also much-needed to improve our knowledge of processes occurring inside Earth.
This 16-page brochure describes the science behind the mission and how the satellite works.