NASA's new Billion Dollar Project Will Track Earth's Water

SWOT satellite will pass above water bodies to give scientists a new window into the global water cycle

 US$1.2-billion Surface Water and Ocean Topography satellite (SWOT)

A joint mission led by NASA and the French National Centre for Space Studies

SWOT will bounce radar off the surface of Earth’s water bodies

The satellite will enable scientists to track the elevation, extent and movement of water

SWOT will give scientists their first 3D view of eddies