Monday, May 18, 2020

The PO.DAAC is pleased to announce the availability of the Saildrone Arctic field campaign data. This campaign involved the deployment of a fleet of 5 saildrones, jointly funded by NASA and NOAA, from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, within the Bering and Chukchi Seas to the ice edge and back over a 150-day period from 15 May 2019 to 11 October 2019. Scientific objectives include collecting upper ocean temperature profiles with a full suite of ocean measurements.  The Saildrone Arctic dataset hosted at the PO.DAAC is comprised of 3 data files for each of the two NASA-funded saildrones deployed. The one file type contains near-surface observational data (air temperature, sea surface skin and bulk temperatures, salinity, oxygen and chlorophyll-a concentrations, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction) spanning the entire cruise at 1 minute temporal resolution. The second file type contains the ADCP current vector data for each of the deployed saildrones that are depth-resolved to 100m at 2m intervals and binned temporally at 5 minute resolution. The third file type, contains temperature measurements from data loggers located vertically at several positions along hull to provide further information on thermal variability near the ocean surface. All data files are in netCDF format and CF/ACDD compliant.

The Saildrone Arctic data are described, discoverable and accessible via the PO.DAAC data portal.  Further information is available from the Saildrone website and also via the Saildrone Mission page on the PO.DAAC portal. 

DOI: 10.5067/SDRON-NOPP0

Citation:  Mordy, C.W. et al. Advances in Ecosystem Research: Saildrone Surveys of Oceanography, Fish, and Marine Mammals in the Bering Sea. Oceanography 30(2):113–115,

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