The mission

The "Sea surface KInematics Multiscale monitoring" (SKIM) mission, is an Earth observation satellite mission under study by the European Space Agency. Its scientific objectives are to map the ocean surface currents, waves and ice drift over most of the globe, up to 82° of latitude, as detailed in the following pages. At present SKIM is in "phase A", which consists of detailed studies to verify the feasibility of the mission, both technically  and scientifically ... and with the constraints of the "Earth Explorer 9".  SKIM and FORUM are the two candidates considered to become "Earth Explorer 9". You will find more details in the links below.