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First satellite measurement of water volume in Amazon floodplain
Date:8/5/2010

h the Amazon system, and it underscores the many unknowns that scientists must confront as they work to understand climate change.

The Amazon, however grand in size, is just one river basin among countless basins around the planet -- each vital to the soil quality and water quality of its surroundings, he said.

Future measurements should be easier with the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission, which aims to take stock of all the world's water. Alsdorf co-leads the science team for the SWOT satellite, which NASA has set to launch in 2020.


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Contact: Doug Alsdorf
Alsdorf.1@osu.edu
614-247-6908
Ohio State University
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