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Paper title Science and Applications of Measurements From the STP-H8 Satellite Mission
  1. Tong Lee NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology Speaker
  2. Shannon T. Brown NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  3. Clark Rowley Naval Research Laboratory
  4. Benjamin Ruston Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation
  5. Hui Su NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Form of presentation Poster
  • A8. Ocean
    • A8.13 Remote-sensing of Ocean Winds and Stress
Abstract text The STP-H8 satellite mission, sponsored by the US Department of Defense (DoD), aims to demonstrate new low-cost microwave sensor technologies for weather applications. H8 will carry the Compact Ocean Wind Vector Radiometer (COWVR) and Temporal Experiment for Storms and Tropical Systems (TEMPEST) instruments to be launched and hosted on the International Space Station (ISS) in December 2021. This presentation will highlight the science and applications that can be enabled and enhanced by measurements from this mission. COWVR and TEMPEST together provide real-time, simultaneous measurements of ocean-surface vector winds (OVW), precipitation, precipitable water, water vapor profile and other atmospheric variables. Because of the ISS’ non-sun-synchronous orbit, these measurements will span across different times of the day for a given location. Similar to the capabilities provided by the ISS-RapidScat (2014-2016), COWVR’s OVW measurements can enhance the research of diurnal and semi-diurnal wind variability and facilitate the inter-calibration of OVW measurements from the sun-synchronous scatterometers. In particular, the OVW measurements from COWVR combined with those from the currently-operating satellite scatterometers make it feasible to estimate diurnal and semi-diurnal cycles of the OVW. Moreover, the simultaneous measurements of air-sea interface and atmospheric variables provided by COWVR and TEMPEST offer a unique opportunity to advance science and applications for weather, climate, and air-sea interaction. The real-time measurements from the mission are amenable for operational applications.