S-MODE: The Sub-Mesoscale Ocean Dynamics Experiment
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The Sub-Mesoscale Ocean Dynamics Experiment (S-MODE) is a NASA Earth Ventures Suborbital Investigation designed to test the hypothesis that kilometer-scale ('submesoscale') ocean eddies make important contributions to vertical exchange of climate and biological variables in the upper ocean. To test this hypothesis, S-MODE will employ a combination of aircraft-based remote sensing measurements of the ocean surface, measurements from ships, measurements from a variety of autonomous oceanographic platforms, and numerical modeling. The field campaign will consist of two month-long intensive operating periods (IOPs) that will be preceded by a smaller-scale pilot experiment to test and improve operational readiness and to compare measurements made from different platforms. The pilot experiment was delayed because of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, and it is currently planned for October-November 2020.
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International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)
Farrar, J. T., Eric D'Asaro, Ernesto Rodriguez, Andrey Shcherbina, Erin Czech, Paul Matthias, Sommer Nicholas, Frederick Bingham, Amala Mahedevan, Melissa Omand, Luc Rainville, Craig Lee, Dudley Chelton, Roger Samelson, Larry O'Neill, Luc Lenain, Dimitris Menemenlis, Dragana Perkovic-Martin, Pantazis Mouroulis, Michelle Gierach, David Thompson, Alexander Wineteer, Hector Torres, Patrice Klein, Andrew Thompson, James C. McWilliams, Jeroen Molemaker, Roy Barkan, and Jacob Wenegrat. "S-MODE: The Sub-Mesoscale Ocean Dynamics Experiment." International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) (2020): 3533-3536. doi: 10.1109/IGARSS39084.2020.9323112.