Ocean Wave-Powered Profiling Contributes to NASA Satellite Mission

During the SWOT pre-launch field campaign, a deep-ocean taut mooring was combined with a 500m profiling Wirewalker system to assess performance and robustness of the hybrid mooring and seafloor to surface telemetry. (Photo credit: Tyler Hughen)

By Alison Cobb, Research Data Scientist

Del Mar Oceanographic (DMO) has secured funding from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)to use the ocean wave-powered Wirewalker profiler in a project led by JPL. Wirewalkers will be installed on fourdeep-ocean moorings off the coast of California for the calibration and validation (Cal/Val) of the new Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite. Onboard the satellite, a next-generation altimeter using a wide-swath Ka-band interferometer (KaRIn) will collect detailed global measurements of Earth’s surface water and sea surface height, with launch planned for November 2022.

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