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    Saildrone: adaptively sampling the marine environment
    (American Meteorological Society, 2020-06-01) Gentemann, Chelle L. ; Scott, Joel P. ; Mazzini, Piero L. F. ; Pianca, Cassia ; Akella, Santha ; Minnett, Peter J. ; Cornillon, Peter ; Fox-Kemper, Baylor ; Cetinić, Ivona ; Chin, T. Mike ; Gomez-Valdes, Jose ; Vazquez-Cuervo, Jorge ; Tsontos, Vardis ; Yu, Lisan ; Jenkins, Richard ; De Halleux, Sebastien ; Peacock, David ; Cohen, Nora
    From 11 April to 11 June 2018 a new type of ocean observing platform, the Saildrone surface vehicle, collected data on a round-trip, 60-day cruise from San Francisco Bay, down the U.S. and Mexican coast to Guadalupe Island. The cruise track was selected to optimize the science team’s validation and science objectives. The validation objectives include establishing the accuracy of these new measurements. The scientific objectives include validation of satellite-derived fluxes, sea surface temperatures, and wind vectors and studies of upwelling dynamics, river plumes, air–sea interactions including frontal regions, and diurnal warming regions. On this deployment, the Saildrone carried 16 atmospheric and oceanographic sensors. Future planned cruises (with open data policies) are focused on improving our understanding of air–sea fluxes in the Arctic Ocean and around North Brazil Current rings.
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    Comparing air-sea flux measurements from a new unmanned surface vehicle and proven platforms during the SPURS-2 field campaign.
    (Oceanography Society, 2019-06-14) Zhang, Dongxiao ; Cronin, Meghan F. ; Meinig, Christian ; Farrar, J. Thomas ; Jenkins, Richard ; Peacock, David ; Keene, Jennifer ; Sutton, Adrienne J. ; Yang, Qiong
    Two saildrones participated in the Salinity Processes in the Upper-ocean Regional Study 2 (SPURS-2) field campaign at 10°N, 125°W, as part of their more than six-month Tropical Pacific Observing System (TPOS)-2020 pilot study in the eastern tropical Pacific. The two saildrones were launched from San Francisco, California, on September 1, 2017, and arrived at the SPURS-2 region on October 15, one week before R/V Revelle. Upon arrival at the SPURS-2 site, they each began a two-week repeat pattern, sailing around the program’s central moored surface buoy. The heavily instrumented Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) SPURS-2 buoy serves as a benchmark for validating the saildrone measurements for air-sea fluxes. The data collected by the WHOI buoy and the saildrones were found to be in reasonably good agreement. Although of short duration, these ship-saildrone-buoy comparisons are encouraging as they provide enhanced understanding of measurements by various platforms in a rapidly changing subsynoptic weather system. The saildrones were generally able to navigate the challenging Intertropical Convergence Zone, where winds are low and currents can be strong, demonstrating that the saildrone is an effective platform for observing a wide range of oceanographic variables important to air-sea interaction studies.