Gallery: Europe Launches Satellite Able to Predict Floods and Droughts

Global warming has dramatically increased the unpredictability of weather patterns, but what if we could more accurately pinpoint the future location and intensity of floods and droughts? That might be possible if all goes as planned with the Soil Moisture and Salinity (SMOS) probe, launched today by the European Space Agency. The $460 million probe, launched on a Russian rocket launcher from the Plesestk cosmodrome, will measure soil moisture, plant growth, and ocean salt levels across the globe.

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  1. Six Flood-Proof Designs... June 23, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    […] often come up quickly with almost no warning, so it’s imperative to have safe and secure designs, especially in places known for flooding. […]

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