The SMOS satellite is flying, and it will provide data for around three years. A “probe tracking global warming impact on water“? Not by a long shot (what are three years for climate??).
Remember to always read it all and carefully so.
Scientists rely heavily on computer models to project weather and climate patterns, and the additional data will make predictions more accurate.
SMOS “has long been awaited by climatologists who try to predict the long-term effects of today’s climate change,” said ESA’s director of Earth observations programme Volker Liebig in a communique. “The data collected will complement measurements already performed on the ground and at sea.”
As sadly usual, in climatology observations are subservient to models, rather than the other way around…