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JPL imageInformation about the ocean heights can help scientists understand the Earth's climate. Climate can be thought of as weather averaged over months, years, or hundreds of years.

For example, if you live in the desert like Arizona, you live in a very dry climate and the temperatures can range from very cold to very hot, depending upon the time of year.

Toppy the satellite can study the speed and direction of the ocean's currents and how they change over time. Studying the oceans a very important since the oceans are the largest factors affecting our weather.

Did you know 71% of the Earth's surface is covered by the oceans?

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