Lead Investigators:

Chelle Gentemann

Peter Minnett

Peter Cornillon


Co-Investigators: Santha Akella, Ivona Cetinić, Yi Chao, Mike Chin, Kathleen Dohan, Jeff Dorman, Melanie Fewings, Xavier Flores-Vidal, Baylor Fox-Kemper, Bryan Franz, Marisol García-Reyes, Jose Gomez Valdes, Elliott Hazen, Jacob Høyer, John Largier, Piero Mazzini, Joel Scott, William Sydeman, Jorge Vazquez, Fabrice Veron, Jeremy Werdell, Lisan Yu, Katherine Zaba.


Image source: http://saildrone.com/

Project Summary:

A Saildrone cruise is scheduled from San Francisco to Acapulco, Mexico, April 1-30, 2018. A coalition of 26 scientists are involved in 19 projects using Saildrone data. The cruise track was selected to optimize both the science and validation objectives included in these projects. The scientific objectives include studies of upwelling dynamics, air-sea interactions including frontal regions, and diurnal warming regions, and ocean ecology. The validation objectives include establishing the utility of Saildrone measurements for inclusion into ocean models, validation of glider observations, and validation of satellite-derived fluxes, sea surface temperatures, ocean currents, and wind vectors.