Characterizing Atmosphere and Ocean environmental Conditions at the Air-Sea Interface Using Wave Gliders
This project has two objectives: 1) evaluate air-ocean measurements from existing sensors available on LRI METOC Wave Gliders; 2) Developing new wave-glider-based payload system for improved environmental measurements, including near surface turbulent fluxes.
This project is sponsored by the NPS CURSER project
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This project represents a new initiative to utilize the Liquid Robotics wave glider as a stable, versatile, and easily deployable platform for meteorology and oceanographic data collection. The wave gliders have been used by various Naval and civilian institutions and have been making measurements on both sides of the air-sea interface over the global oceans. The large amount of the new data can be significant addition to the current data sources for purpose of improving forecast model initialization and/or evaluation. However, the quality of the data has not been evaluated in a controlled setting, which limits its broad use in the meteorology and oceanography field, especially in supporting operational environmental forecast. This project intends to investigate the data quality from the default METCO sensors on the LRI METOC Plus gliders and evaluate the feasibility of incorporating the LRI wave glider data into the database that supports operational environmental forecast. In addition, we plan to make initial attempts to implement a suite of proven METOC sensors onto the wave glider for more extensive and accurate environment sampling that suits the need for quantifying the environmental parameters for better electromagnetic/electro-optic wave propagation forecasts.
The proposed research will involve a field experiment to be conducted offshore of Monterey Bay involving the LRI SHARC currently under the management of NPS Physics Department and the Marine Air-Sea Flux system (MASFlux) developed at the NPS Meteorology Department. The measurements from the MASFlux will be used to evaluate the data quality of the SHARC measurements. We will also collaborate with Naval Research Laboratory at Stennis Space Center, Mississippi and Liquid Robotic, Sunnyvale, CA using the data they collected across the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans and evaluate the data based on the consistency of physical processes the dataset represents. The latter evaluation effort provides a better understanding of the glider based measurements from a broader range of environmental conditions. For initial glider deployment and operation, we will likely collaborate with current collaborators at Stennis, MS or SPAWAR, San Diego CA who are experienced in glider deployment and operation.
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