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Working with ESA on observing system evaluations

Assimilation of Total Surface Current Velocity Measurements (A-TSCV)

Total surface current velocity (TSCV) is an important variable for users of operational ocean forecasts and coupled ocean-atmosphere forecasts. In the next few years we will see a number of new satellite mission concepts being studied which will address the need for surface waves and TSCV data from satellites. These include ESA’s EE-9 SKIM and EE-10 Harmony concepts, as well as NASA’s WaCM concept.

The aim of this project is to develop requirements from the international ocean data assimilation and forecasting community for such missions. The OceanPredict Science Team  provides a forum for setting out such requirements through its Observing System Evaluation Task Team (OSEval-TT), and its Data Assimilation Task Team (DA-TT) provides a forum for collaborating on the development of methods to assimilate new and upcoming data such as satellite TCSV measurements.

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