An intimate portrait of Earth
The high-resolution gravity measurements of GOCE will:
- contribute to improved climate models by providing new knowledge on how gravity affects ocean circulation and sea level.
- provide a new understanding of Earth’s interior, including magma distribution under volcanoes, thereby improving our knowledge of tectonic movements and seismic hazards.
- underpin a worldwide height system, supporting applications such as construction, planning and surveying as well as providing a reference sea-surface level.
- in combination with other data sets, improve estimates of the thickness and mass of the polar ice sheets, crucial witnesses of climate change effects.