Mission goals for Science
► Oceanography : Characterize meso-scale and sub meso-scale circulation with a 10 km space resolution or best.
►Hydrology : make a complete inventory of continental waters areas greater than 250 km2 (natural lakes, reservoirs, wetlands) as well as rivers with a width greater than 100 m (ultimate goal 50 m).
Preparatory Science Investigation
Whatever the thematic is, data simulation is a necessary step.
|► Concerning Oceanography||►Concerning Hydrology|
With SWOT water level measurements will be absolutely new, and different from those of the now
Expected observation quality has to be evaluated :
We also have to evaluate SWOT mission contribution to Hydrology modelizing an equatorial river , Amazon, a temperate river, an artic river, Ob (see Biancamaria_SM_Ob.pdf)
CNES is funding these studies in a program called TOSCA. Main French laboratories involved are LEGOS, lFREMER, LMD, LOCEAN and CLS.