Our planet owes its blue colour and its “blue Marble” name thanks to the oceans covering more than 70% of its surface. But with the disruption of Earth’s climate, we are eyeing the oceans’ health with increasing concern and their role must be defined in greater depth. This is precisely the goal of the French-U.S. SWOT mission. Have a good reading.
About 70% of water abstracted from rivers and lakes is used for irrigation. More than 20% of the world's population live less than 30 kilometers from the coast. SWOT will be able to sound 90% of Earth's surface waters.