Last year, the AMT4SentinelFRM Research Voyage set sail from Immingham on 20 September 2016 aboard the British Antarctic Survey ship, the Royal Research Ship James Clark Ross, and arrived some 7 weeks later on 2 November 2016 in the Falkland Islands. The research cruise covered 8000 miles of ocean, and collected more than a million measurements of surface ocean colour optical properties, skin temperature and wave motion.
Amongst the multitude of measurements scientists from Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), University of Southampton (UoS) and IFREMER obtained almost 2000 match-ups with Sentinel. AMT4SentinelFRM uses the UK’s Natural Environment Research Atlantic National Capability, the Atlantic Meridional Transect which has a long history of use for satellite ocean colour validation for NASA and ESA missions.
The Discovery in Southampton Port on 21 October 2017. (Credits: PML)
This year, the second AMT4SentinelFRM voyage set sail on 23 September 2017. Mobilisation for the cruise started at the beginning of August when new equipment being manufactured to improve on last year’s operations and measurements. Gavin Tilstone and Francesco Nencioli from PML are running the optical instruments for the validation of Sentinel ocean colour, Werenfrid Wimmer from UoS is running the Infrared radiometers and Peter Sutherland from IFREMER ...