TechDemoSat-1 User Consultation Meeting

National Oceanography Centre in Southampton

Thursday 5 March 2015 – Ocean winds and waves monitoring with GNSS-Reflectometry

A one-day workshop on new spaceborne capability for improved ocean surface wind and wave monitoring with reflected signals from Global Navigation Satellite Systems (e.g., GPS, Galileo...)

GNSS-Reflectometry is an innovative Earth Observation technique that exploits satellite navigation signals such as GPS, GLONASS or Galileo reflecting from the ocean surface. Reflected GNSS signals carry information about sea surface roughness (linked to surface winds and waves) and mean sea level. GNSS-R receivers are low mass, low power, and low cost instruments, opening up the possibility of flying affordable GNSS-R small satellite constellations that could dramatically improve the space-time sampling of ocean winds and waves globally.

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is working in partnership with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) to demonstrate the capability of space-borne GNSS-Reflectometry for ocean wind and wave monitoring. Proof-of-concept was established by SSTL and NOC in 2003 using the first-ever spaceborne GNSS-R data collected from a Low-Earth-Orbiting platform, SSTL’s UK-Disaster Monitoring Constellation (UK-DMC) satellite.

This workshop will be held at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton – from 09:00 to 16:00.

This event is free.