The global topography mission gains momentum

Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
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An accurate description of the surface elevation of the Earth is of fundamental importance to many branches of Earth science. Continental topographic data are required for studies of hydrology, ecology, glaciology, geomorphology, and atmospheric circulation. For example, in hydrologic and terrestrial ecosystem studies, topography exerts significant control on intercepted solar radiation, water runoff and subsurface water inventory, microclimate, vegetation type and distribution, and soil development. The topography of the polar ice caps and mountain glaciers directly reflects ice-flow dynamics and is closely linked to global climate and sea level change.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The global topography mission gains momentum
Series title Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
DOI 10.1029/95EO00128
Volume 76
Issue 21
Year Published 1995
Language English
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 4 p.
First page 213
Last page 216
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