The Winds and Currents Mission Concept

Ernesto Rodríguez, Mark Bourassa, Dudley Chelton, J. Thomas Farrar, David Long, Dragana Perkovic-Martin, Roger Samelson
2019 Frontiers in Marine Science  
The Winds and Currents Mission (WaCM) is a proposed approach to meet the need identified by the NRC Decadal Survey for the simultaneous measurements of ocean vector winds and currents. WaCM features a Ka-band pencil-beam Doppler scatterometer able to map ocean winds and currents globally. We review the principles behind the WaCM measurement and the requirements driving the mission. We then present an overview of the WaCM observatory and tie its capabilities to other OceanObs reviews and measurement approaches.
doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00438 fatcat:z4bvmu7csrfu7ouzd5uyaup6mi