A user consultation meeting is planned to take place on 21 and 22 February 2019 at ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy, to prepare a roadmap for new initiatives on ocean circulation research and applications to be implemented in the ESA EO Science for Society programme element.
The world ocean circulation is the engine allowing energy, heat, momentum, chemicals and floating materials ranging from living resources to marine pollution to be transported over large distance around the Earth. The accurate knowledge of the ocean circulation at all time and space scales is becoming increasingly importance to many scientific, operational and commercial applications.
A large variety of active and passive remote-sensing instruments are in orbit today, which measurements both provide indirect knowledge about ocean surface currents at various spatial and temporal scales, also representing a surface signature of the ocean interior dynamics.
All these data, used in synergy, constitute a wealth of information to advance our understanding and estimation of the upper layer of the World Ocean Circulation.