Preface. Contributors.Oceans from Space, a Once-a-Decade Review of Progress: Satellite Oceanography in a Changing World; J.F.R. Gower.Passive Microwave Remote Sensing of the Ocean: an Overview; C.L. Gentemann et al.SMOS and Aquarius/SAC-D Missions: the Era of Spaceborne Salinity Measurements is about to begin; G. Lagerloef and J. Font.Discoveries about Tropical Cyclones Provided by Microwave Remote Sensing; K.B. KatsarosDirect Surface Current Field Imaging from Space by Along-Track InSAR and Conventional SAR; R. Romeiser et al.Scatterometer's Unique Capability in Measuring Ocean Surface Stress; W. Timothy Liu et al.Interpretation of SAR Signatures of the Sea Surface: A Multi-Sensor Approach; L.M. Mitnik and V.A. Dubina.Perspectives on Oil Spill Detection using Synthetic Aperture Radar; M. Vespe et al.Determining Ocean Circulation and Sea Level from Satellite Altimetry: Progress and Challenges; L.L. Fu.Absolute Dynamic Topography from Altimetry: Status and Prospects in the Upcoming GOCE Era; M.H. Rio.The Marine Geoid and Satellite Altimetry; W.H.F. Smith.Oceanic Planetary Waves and Eddies: a Privileged View from Satellite Altimetry;P. Cipollini et al.Sea Surface Temperature Measurements from Thermal Infrared Satellite Instruments: Status and Outlook; C.J. Donlon.The Validation of Sea Surface Temperature Retrievals from Space-borne Infrared Radiometers; P.J. Minnet.Use of TIR from Space in Operational Systems; H.M. Beggs.The Past, Present and Future of ther AVHRR Pathfinders SST Program; K.S. Casey et al.Some Reflections on 35 Years of Ocean Color Remote Sensing; H.R. Gordon.Field Radiometry and Ocean Colour Remote Sensing; G. Zibordi and K.J. Voss.Forecasting the Coastal Optical Properties using Satellite Ocean Colour; R. Arnone et al.Ocean- Colour Radiometry: Achievements and Future Perspectives; S. Sathyendranath and T. Platt.Acronyms.Subject Index.