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Ocean Science Websites

WFF scientists support the ocean science through our involvement with radar altimetry (TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason and GFO), ocean color research, ocean biology, air-sea interaction and wave tank research. WFF Project websites include:

+ The Ocean Topography Experiment (TOPEX)
The Ocean Topography Experiment (TOPEX/Poseidon) is an advanced satellite radar altimetry system which provides global sea level measurements with an unprecedented accuracy. The sea level data from TOPEX/Poseidon is used to determine global ocean circulation and to increase the knowledge of the interaction of the oceans and the atmosphere.

+ Airborne Oceanographic Lidar (AOL) (retired)
The Airborne Oceanographic Lidar is a remote sensing instrument usually carried onboard a NASA P-3B or C-130 aircraft. The AOL platform incorporates several sensors including two active laser fluorosensors, several passive down and up looking spectrometers, and a thermal infrared temperature sensor.

+ Air-Sea Interaction Research Facility (NASIRF)
The primary objectives of NASIRF is to test theoretical results and to collect empirical data for the development of remote sensing techniques, in support of microwave remote sensor development and algorithms for air-sea interaction studies.

+ Surface Wave Dynamics Experiment (SWADE)
Historic FTP Database from the Surface Wave Dynamics Experiment (SWADE). The experiment was conducted from October 1990 through March 1991 in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Maryland and Virginia.

+ GEOSAT Follow-On (GFO)
The Navy's Geosat Follow-On (GFO) Mission is another in a series of altimetric satellites which include Seasat, Geosat, ERS-1, and TOPEX/POSEIDON (T/P). Data derived from these missions has and will lead to vast improvements in our knowledge of ocean circulation, ice sheet topography, and climate change.

+ Coastal Zone Research
Multi-discipline research activity emphasizing coastal zone research.

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