NASA/US Ocean Satellite Missions Eric J. Lindstrom 28 February 2008
OUTLINE NASA operating missions (13, 6 ocean) NASA missions in implementation and formulation to launch 2008-2015 (9, 4 ocean) NASA missions beyond 2015 (11, 5 ocean) Challenges/Assessment - Transitions to Operations
NASA Ocean Missions SeaWiFS SSM/I SARs (variety) AVHRR Metop (OVSW) Color (MERIS)
Missions in Development (launch by 2015) GLORY 2/2009 NPP 9/2009 OCO 12/2008 OSTM 6/2008 AQUARIUS 5/2010 LDCM 7/2011 ICESAT-2 2015 GPM 6/2013, 6/2014 SMAP 2012
NASA Far-Term Missions (6/15 total) *Cloud-independent, high temporal resolution, lower accuracy SST to complement, not replace, global operational high-accuracy SST measurement
CHALLENGES AND ASSESSMENTS In some sense ocean measurements from space are “overdue” for transition from research to operations. Summarizing the near future “infrastructure” for ocean remote sensing: Ocean color - transition not secure due to technical problems on NPP/VIIRS instrument Sea Surface Temperature - transition secure with NPP, NPOESS and foreign partners Ocean Vector Winds - transition not secure (Quikscat 9 years on orbit!) Ocean Surface Topography (sea level) - transition nearly made. National need to “seal the deal” with implementation of Jason-3 in FY10. WE HAVE MADE MUCH PROGRESS, BUT WE RISK LOSING CRITICAL CAPABILITIES.