Observing surface currents from space: GlobCurrent User Consultation Meeting

Observing surface currents from space

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A User Consultation Meeting for the ESA-funded GlobCurrent project will take place at PML next week, with the aim of offering both a preview of early work from the first year of the project and an opportunity to influence future development.

As a result of satellite and in-situ observations, combined with high resolution numerical ocean models, the last decade has seen advances in the knowledge of the global ocean surface dynamics. However, the challenge is to accurately quantify the surface current associated with these features. Multi-variable observations from past and presently operating remote sensing satellite sensors provide information on various aspects of the ocean surface currents, but there is an inconsistency in coverage, spatial scales, depth representation and whether, for instance, tides and wind components are included.

GlobCurrent aims to provide a synergistic combination of these multiple sensing technologies and their differing depth dependency together with a range of processing methods and tools. Along with a range of keynote talks, this meeting will evaluate preliminary products, clarify user requirements and stimulate discussions of how the system will develop in the future. 

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