SEASTAR: A mission to study ocean submesoscale dynamics and small-scale atmosphere-ocean processes in coastal, shelf and polar seas
Övrig text i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2019

High-resolution satellite images of ocean color and sea surface temperature reveal an abundance of ocean fronts, vortices and filaments at scales below 10 km but measurements of ocean surface dynamics at these scales are rare. There is increasing recognition of the role played by small scale ocean processes in ocean-atmosphere coupling, upper-ocean mixing and ocean vertical transports, with advanced numerical models and in situ observations highlighting fundamental changes in dynamics when scales reach 1 km. Numerous scientific publications highlight the global impact of small oceanic scales on marine ecosystems, operational forecasts and long-term climate projections through strong ageostrophic circulations, large vertical ocean velocities and mixed layer re-stratification. Small-scale processes particularly dominate in coastal, shelf and polar seas where they mediate important exchanges between land, ocean, atmosphere and the cryosphere e.g. freshwater, pollutants. As numerical models continue to evolve towards finer spatial resolution and increasingly complex coupled atmosphere-wave-ice-ocean systems, modern observing capability lags behind, unable to deliver the high-resolution synoptic measurements of total currents, wind vectors and waves needed to advance understanding, develop better parameterizations and improve model validations, forecasts and projections. SEASTAR is a satellite mission concept that proposes to directly address this critical observational gap with synoptic two-dimensional imaging of total ocean surface current vectors and wind vectors at 1 km resolution and coincident directional wave spectra. Based on major recent advances in squinted along-track Synthetic Aperture Radar interferometry, SEASTAR is an innovative, mature concept with unique demonstrated capabilities, seeking to proceed towards spaceborne implementation within Europe and beyond.


Marginal Ice Zone (MIZ)

Along-track (AT) interferometry

Air-sea interactions




Upper ocean dynamics


Christine Gommenginger

University of Southampton

Bertrand Chapron

IFREMER Institut Francais de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer

Andy Hogg

Australian National University

Christian Buckingham

UMS3113 Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer (IUEM)

Baylor Fox-Kemper

Brown University

Leif Eriksson

Chalmers, Rymd-, geo- och miljövetenskap, Mikrovågs- och optisk fjärranalys

Francois Soulat

Collecte Localisation Satellites

Clement Ubelmann

Collecte Localisation Satellites

Francisco Ocampo-Torres

Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education (CICESE)

Bruno Buongiorno Nardelli

Consiglo Nazionale Delle Richerche

David Griffin

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Francisco Lopez-Dekker

TU Delft

Per Knudsen

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

Ole B. Andersen

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

Lars Stenseng

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

Neil Stapleton

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

Will Perrie

Bedford Institute of Oceanography

Nelson Violante-Carvalho

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

Johannes Schulz-Stellenfleth


David Woolf

Heriot-Watt University

Jordi Isern-Fontanet

CSIC - Instituto de Ciencias del Mar (ICM)

Fabrice Ardhuin

IFREMER Institut Francais de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer

Patrice M. Klein

IFREMER Institut Francais de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer

Alexis Mouche

IFREMER Institut Francais de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer

Ananda Pascual

CSIC-UIB - Instituto Mediterraneo de Estudios Avanzados (IMEDEA)

Xavier Capet

Laboratoire d'Océanographie et du Climat : Expérimentations et Approches Numériques

Daniele Hauser

Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales

Ad Stoffelen

Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute

Rosemary A. Morrow

UMR5566 Laboratoire d'études en géophysique et océanographie spatiales (LEGOS)

Lotfi Aouf

Meteo France

Øyvind Breivik

Meteorologisk institutt

Universitetet i Bergen

Lee Lueng Fu

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Johnny A. Johannessen

Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center

Yevgeny Aksenov

University of Southampton

Lucy Bricheno

University of Southampton

Joel Hirschi

University of Southampton

Adrien C. Martin

University of Southampton

Adrian P. Martin

University of Southampton

George Nurser

University of Southampton

Jeff Polton

University of Southampton

Judith Wolf

University of Southampton

Harald Johnsen

Northern Research Institute (Norut)

Alexander Soloviev

Nova Southeastern University

Gregg Jacobs

Naval Research Laboratory

Fabrice Collard


Steve B. Groom

Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Vladimir Kudryavstev

Russian State Hydrometeorological University

John L. Wilkin

Rutgers University

Victor Navarro


Alex Babanin

University of Melbourne

Matthew J. Martin

Met Office

John Siddorn

Met Office

Andy Saulter

Met Office

Tom Rippeth

Bangor University

William Emery

University of Colorado at Boulder

Nikolai Maximenko

University of Hawaii

Roland Romeiser

University of Miami

Hans Graber

University of Miami

Aida Alvera-Azcárate

Universite de Liège

Chris Hughes

University of Liverpool

Doug Vandemark

University of New Hampshire

Jose da Silva

Universidade do Porto

Peter Jan Van Leeuwen

University of Reading

Alberto Naveira-Gabarato

University of Southampton

Johannes Gemmrich

University of Victoria

Amala Mahadevan

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Jose Marquez

Airbus Group

Yvonne Munro

Airbus Group

Sam Doody

Airbus Group

Geoff Burbidge

Airbus Group

Frontiers in Marine Science

2296-7745 (eISSN)

Vol. 6 JUL 457


Meteorologi och atmosfärforskning

Oceanografi, hydrologi, vattenresurser




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