Plotting the future!
Since the next leg of the Challenger mission does not have any previous glider data, we will be plotting annual average ocean data relevant to planning a transoceanic glider mission. One plot will be of annual significant wave height and current strength off the east coast of Great Abaco Island, Bahamas. This will be an integral piece of data which will allow us to plan the best launch time for the glider. The next plot will be of annual significant wave height and current strength off the west coast of Gran Canaria, Spain. We need to know the ocean weather for landing as well, since every successful launch is much more pleasant with a successful landing. The last plot we will be making is that of average annual sea surface temperature along 26.5 degrees North between Great Abaco Island and Gran Canaria in order to know the ocean temperatures we will need to endure for the mission.
-Dave, Katrina & Jason