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Ocean Surface Currents Meeting
6 May 2013
ESA is pleased to announce that the International Meeting to Explore the Scientific Challenges for Determining Ocean Surface Currents from Space , will take place 6-8 May 2013 at ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
Information on the meeting can be found HERE.
Background to the Meeting
Ocean Surface Currents (OSC) are the coherent horizontal movement of surface ocean water with a given velocity and an upper boundary in contact with the atmosphere that persist over a geographical region and time period. Measurements of OSC are fundamental to our understanding of ocean circulation at all time and space scales yet remain one of the last physical ocean variables to be directly measured by a space mission at high fidelity and mesoscale resolution. Such measurements are required to drive scientific understanding of ocean/atmosphere surface dynamics, constrain and validate ocean forecasting systems, support marine industries, and provide government agencies sufficient information to develop and monitor marine policies. Key scientific aspects to consider include
- To monitor mesoscale ocean eddies from space requires a fine spatial resolution (e.g., 20 km or less) as well as a short temporal resolution (~ 5 days or less) especially in the coastal zones.
- Development of eddy-resolving ocean and coupled ocean-atmosphere models requires global measurements at eddy-resolving resolution.
- Mesoscale and sub-mesoscale dynamics of the OSC provide insight into the three-dimensional evolution of the upper ocean (important for ocean/atmosphere heat, momentum, moisture and gas exchange, the hydrological cycle and the biogeochemical ocean cycles) but have never been synoptically mapped before (in most areas no direct surface ocean current measurements have ever been made).
- Ocean eddies (through their nonlinear interactions with the large-scale circulation and related transports) could play a more important role in the long-term climate variability than previously anticipated.
A variety of satellite missions and measurement techniques with complementary characteristics are available. But today, no space mission exists to directly measure useful OSC at the required resolution. Against this background, the aim of this meeting is to:
Review scientific priorities and measurement techniques to determine ocean surface currents from space.
The objectives for the meeting are:
- To review and discuss science requirements for ocean surface current measurements;
- To review and discuss observational techniques for measuring ocean surface currents;
- To review and discuss future novel satellite mission concepts to measure ocean surface currents from space;
- To agree priorities and future directions.
Oral and Poster contributions are welcome on all aspects of ocean surface current measurements from space. Those providing an innovative view of future priorities and techniques will be given preference at the meeting.
- Session 1: Welcome and Invited Keynote presentations
- Session 2: Science Drivers and Requirements
- Session 3: New Satellite Techniques
- Session 4: Future Mission concepts
- Session 5: Round Table discussion on challenges and priorities for OSC measurements from space
Prospective authors are invited to submit a 1-page abstract containing the following information:
- Title of paper
- Authors full name and affiliations
- Name, address, e-mail, telephone of the main author
- Proposed topic for the paper
- Presentation preference (oral or poster)
On-line abstract submission is available HERE.
The abstract submission deadline is 21 February 2013.
For changes to your abstract after submission, please access the following available page and make use of your personal login and password (that you will receive with the submission confirmation email).
Authors will be notified of the decision of the Committee by 1 April 2013.
Registration for this workshop is free of charge.
Due to limited space, it is mandatory to register through the online registration form. Attendance is on a first come - first serve basis.
The online registration form is available HERE.
More information on hotel reservations will be made available soon.
Calendar of events
Abstract submission deadline
21 February 2013
Notification to authors
1 April 2013
Publication of programme
29 April 2013
6-8 May 2013
The conference will be held at the Space Research and Technology Centre of the European Space Agency (ESA/ESTEC), located 40km south-west of Amsterdam International Airport.
ESA Conference Bureau
PO Box 299
2200 AG Noordwijk
T: +31 (0) 71 565 5005
F: +31 (0) 71 565 6558