Pictures from the Deployment and updated Imagery
Here are the pics from the deployment!
If there is one important lesson we have learned through the years, it is that the more resources the better. So now with the beginning of the new leg of this mission, we have a number of products we will be using to get Silbo to his destination and for future gliders involved with the Challenger Mission. First off, we will continue using the NLOM/NCOM/MODIS data provided to us by ULPGC. NOAA is providing us with access to their new operational global HyCOM forecast system. Thanks to Antonio, GEOEYE and Seawifs will provide us with some new products that will prove to be a huge help while we are out in the open waters, however when we eventually move east of the 20˚W meridian, we will be in range of Spain's ROM data which will give us very high definition imagery and data. Finally, also supplied by Antonio, we will have a forecasting system that will give us not only real time data, but predictions up to 96 hours into the future! Seeing how much our friends from across the ocean provide, it is hard to imagine how we could pull off missions of this magnitude without international collaborations- something that will be key for the future when we take the challenger gliders around the world.
The image above shows another map of the bathymetry which compliments the maps I have posted in the past showing that although there are regions of protruding rock from the sea floor, there are no land marks that come close to 1000m from the surface.
The following four images are from the HYCOM model showing currents overlayed on Density, Salinity, Temperature, and Sea Surface Height. All layers show the eddy solar system discussed earlier that Silbo is currently battling.
The next image is of the NLOM/NCOM data which show a similar pattern as the HYCOM of the eddie system.
Finally, I will leave everyone with the time series profiles that are being freshly compiled as Silbo makes his way from the Azores to the Canaries. The following are two links from John Kerfoot (our data architect) where the scientific imagery and engineering diagnostic data can be found
Again a special thanks to Ben Allsup and Chris DeCollibus for their hard work on prepping Silbo, getting him back in the water and getting such excellent pictures!
Force, Wind, Sea & Honor to all!
Nilsen Strandskov & Antonio Ramos
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