Conceived as a major new tool for climate studies, the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite mission launched December 16th 2022. SWOT sea surface height measurements can help retrieve the dynamics of the upper ocean at an unprecedented O(10km) resolution. SWOT surface maps are expected to have a resolution roughly one order of magnitude finer than what is now available with conventional satellite altimetry. This improvement in resolution is expected to be groundbreaking for several key ocean questions, including the energy budget, the connection between surface and internal dynamics, biogeochemistry and biodiversity, and the dynamics at the ice margin.
Adopt-A-Crossover (AdAC) Consortium
The best way to exploit SWOT data is in synergy with in situ observations. Endorsed by CLIVAR in 2019, the SWOT Adopt-A-Crossover Consortium is an initiative of the SWOT Science Team to assist oceanographic in situ experiments relying on SWOT and to assure that SWOT data are interpreted and exploited in the best possible way. The Consortium is led by a Steering Group mostly from the SWOT Science Team but membership is open to anybody (see Apply). The Consortium focuses (but is not restricted to) ocean areas where the SWOT ascending and descending tracks cross, providing higher temporal resolution: the crossovers. The revisit frequency at crossovers is maximal (twice per day) during the six months of calibration and validation (CalVal) phase in 2022-2023. Three of these months (Avril-June 2023) will be scientifically exploitable. During this phase, the satellite flies on a 1-day-repeat orbit with enhanced temporal resolution (although sacrificing the spatial coverage).
Actions and support of the AdAC Consortium
The AdAC Consortium provides to anybody interested in ocean finescale experiments a direct link with the SWOT Science Team. The Consortium acts as a forum for sharing information on how to interpret future SWOT data and for designing SWOT-compliant experimental protocols. Members of the Consortium also have access to experimental, multisatellite, high resolution products that NASA and CNES have developed for matching the needs of experimental studies at SWOT scales. The Consortium is also the place to discuss and promote conference special sessions, journal special issues, and collaborations on ocean finescale experiments and new technologies. The Consortium does not provide financial support.
ACC-SMST blog: what instruments are being deployed during the campaign?
FaSt-SWOT blog: “From space to the Mediterranean: Chasing ocean currents”
ACC-SMST blog: Scientists voyage to the Southern Ocean to investigate how climate change impacts the planet’s strongest current
Marmara Sea and Black Sea blog: The Black Sea – Second cruise
SWOT Science Team Meeting
SWOT session at Ocean Sciences Meeting
SWOT orbit change update
SWOT orbit transition starting July 11th
Marmara Sea and Black Sea blog: the Black Sea campaign
Marmara Sea and Black Sea blog: The Marmara campaign
North West Pacific blog: four mooring arrays in the STCC region
SWOT keeping maneuver planned for June 16th
SWOT station keeping maneuver planned on the 2nd of June
Postdoc position: Developing new data-driven methods for inferring subsurface ocean transport from SWOT data
Bay de Veys blog: SWOT LiDAR flights in Normandy
BioSWOT-Med blog: A successful campaign under SWOT swath in the NW Mediterranean Sea
The new wave of oceanographers: Laura Giraud
BioSWOT-Med blog: How fine scales structure the distribution of top predators
BioSWOT-med blog: Measuring oxygen and community production
The new wave of oceanographers: Emily Waggoner
PhD Position: Contribution of SWOT satellite altimetry data to the understanding of coastal ocean dynamic processes
The Southern Ocean mixed layer and its boundary fluxes: fine-scale observational progress and future research priorities
BioSWOT-Med blog: Measuring nutrients
BioSWOT-Med blog: How to study phytoplankton diversity?
BioSWOT-Med blog: The flow cytometer
FaSt-SWOT blog: The tracking of the small eddy under SWOT swath continues
BioSWOT-Med blog: The exclusion experiment to measure zooplankton grazing
BioSWOT-Med blog: The ADCPs
BioSWOT-Med blog: Surface drifters and floats
BioSWOT-Med blog: The lagrangian experiments
BioSWOT-Med blog: The Zooglider
FaSt-SWOT blog: Tracking a small eddy under SWOT swath
BioSWOT-Med blog: Exploring the links between fine scale structures and zooplankton patchiness
BioSWOT-Med blog: How to study zooplankton diversity?
BioSWOT-Med blog: The FF-ADCP and the CTD
BioSWOT-Med blog: High frequency and precision to study nutrients concentration in the Mediterranean Sea
FaSt-SWOT blog: The FaSt-SWOT campaign starts today
CONWEST-DYCO blog: First scientific data and an Aurora borealis
BioSWOT-Med blog: Studying how ocean dynamics impact heat distribution and its evolution with climate change
The new wave of oceanographers: Alexandre Barboni
BioSWOT-Med blog: Seeking to uncover the drivers of plankton diversity and distribution in the Mediterranean Sea
The new wave of oceanographers: Bàrbara Barceló-Lllull
FaSt-SWOT blog: New Jupyther Notebook to design Sampling strategy using a Moving Vessel Profiler (MVP)
BioSWOT-Med blog: Trying to solve the Plankton Paradox in the Mediterranean Sea
For the first time in oceanography, the fine scale landscape of sea surface height is revealed to our eyes
BioSWOT-Med blog: The daily bulletin
C-SWOT-2023: Surveying a front with Lagrangian buoys and cytometer
BioSWOT-Med blog: Follow the Zooglider
The new wave of oceanographers: Sijing Shen
BioSWOT-Med blog: The zooglider for the BioSWOT-Med campaign is at sea!
C-SWOT 2023 blog: C-SWOT – WEMSWOT companion campaigns at the mid-term point
Recommendations for the design of in situ sampling strategies to reconstruct fine-scale ocean currents in the context of SWOT satellite mission
SWOTALIS blog: Exciting day for our biologists
C-SWOT 2023: Observing the water column with two measuring devices
SWOTALIS blog: Measuring dissipation…This is patience
C-SWOT-2023: Joining R/V Tethys II for common transects under SWOT swath
The new wave of oceanographers: Gwendal Marechal
Preliminary images of SWOT-derived sea surface height and sigma0 now available also for the Lofoten Basin and Abrolhos Banks
The new wave of oceanographers: Ali Johnson
BioSWOT-Med blog: The new ocean glider has arrived!
SWOTALIS blog: the Southwestern Tropical Pacific is calling!
QUICCHE blog: Round the southernmost tip off Africa
The new wave of oceanographers: Tesha Toolse
C-SWOT-2023: SeaSoar measurement aborted by a Mistral blow, but nice acoustic transect !
QUICCHE blog: What a truly beautiful place the ocean can be!
The new wave of oceanographers: Isabelle Giddy
QUICCHE blog: Land. This is ship.
C-SWOT-2023: Life onboard R/V L’Atalante
The new wave of oceanographers: Johan Edholm
SWOT reveals first stunning views
C-SWOT-2023: Sampling the Cassidaigne canyon with moorings
The new wave of oceanographers: Natalia Herrán
C-SWOT-2023 blog: Kick off for the C-SWOT campaign!
BioSWOT-Med blog: the Big Fish is ready!
QUICCHE blog: One week left and “there can be only one”…
Baie des Veys blog: the Cal/Val site in Normadie is set up and running
The new wave of oceanographers: Estel Font
QUICCHE blog: Analyzing MET and TSG data during the night-watch
Nominal restart of the main instrument of the SWOT satellite
BioSWOT-Med blog: First visit to the R/V l’Atalante
The new wave of oceanographers: Laurina Oms
QUICCHE blog: Mr squid
SWOT Science instrument is up and running: continues with commissioning
QUICCHE blog: The Wave Glider Deployment
QUICCHE blog: The campfire at night
The new wave of oceanographers: Margot Demol
QUICCHE blog: The Agulhas leakage
The new wave of oceanographers: Daocheng Yu
QUICCHE blog: The first deployment of the Wire Flyer
The new wave of oceanographers: Jen-Ping Pen
BioSWOT-Med blog: Arvor and Provor profilers for BioSWOT-Med campaign arrived at OGS
Baie de Veys and Raz Blanchard blog: The Raz Blanchard field site is all set up and running
QUICCHE blog: The first drifter array has been deployed
The new wave of oceanographers: Andrea Hay
Welcome to QUICCHE blog!
The new wave of oceanographers: Laura Ruiz-Etcheverry
BioSWOT-Med blog: Countdown to the BioSWOT-Med campaign
The new wave of oceanographers: Clément Vic
The new wave of oceanographers: Robin Rolland
The new wave of oceanographers: Rick de Kreij
The new wave of oceanographers: Anıl Akpınar
Dr. Luca Centurioni joins SWOT AdAC Steering Group
The new wave of oceanographers: Louise Rousselet
The new wave of oceanographers: Arne Bendinger
The new wave of oceanographers: Michaela Edwinson
The new wave of oceanographers: Peiran Yang
The new wave of oceanographers: Caroline Comby
SWOT delivers its first data
Interview – How will the timing of SWOT fast-sampling phase impact which ocean processes can be studied?
SWOT’s first echo over the ocean
Postdoctoral position on fine-scale ocean currents at IMEDEA
Travel around Earth as if you were on top of SWOT
SWOT unfolds itself in Space
SWOT launch now targeting Friday 16
SWOT launch scheduled for December 15, 2022
Welcome to the South China Sea and Western Pacific campaign in SWOT-AdAC
Observing System Simulation Experiments for the design of surveys at sea during SWOT fast sampling phase
SWOT took off from France to California
SWOT is ready to fly to the US
Postdoctoral Position: Internal Waves from in-situ and SWOT measurements