GOCE over ice

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.
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