Saildrone field campaign surface and ADCP measurements for the Atlantic Tradewind Ocean-Atmosphere Mesoscale Interaction Campaign (ATOMIC) project
DOI10.5067/SDRON-ATOM0
Short NameSAILDRONE_ATOMIC
DescriptionSaildrone is a wind and solar powered unmanned surface vehicle (USV) capable of long distance deployments lasting up to 12 months and providing high quality, near real-time, multivariate surface ocean and atmospheric observations while transiting at typical speeds of 3-5 knots. The drone is autonomous in that it may be guided remotely from land while being completely wind driven. The saildrone ATOMIC (Atlantic Tradewind Ocean-Atmosphere Mesoscale Interaction Campaign) campaign involved the deployment of a fleet of saildrones, jointly funded by NASA and NOAA, in the Atlantic waters offshore of Barbados over a 45 day period from 17 January to 2 March 2020. The goal was to understand the Ocean-Atmosphere interaction particularly over the mesoscale ocean eddies in that region. The saildrones were equipped with a suite of instruments that included a CTD, IR pyrometer, fluorometer, dissolved oxygen sensor, anemometer, barometer, and Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP). Additionally, four temperature data loggers were positioned vertically along hull to provide further information on thermal variability near the ocean surface. This Saildrone ATOMIC dataset is comprised of two data files for each of the three NASA-funded saildrones deployed, one for the surface observations and one for the ADCP measuements. The surface data files contain saildrone platform telemetry and 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 ADCP files for each saildrone are at 5 minute resolution for the duration of the deployments. All data files are in netCDF format and CF/ACDD compliant consistent with the NOAA/NCEI specification.
Version1.0
Dataset TypeCOMPLETE
MeasurementOCEANS > OCEAN OPTICS > FLUORESCENCE
OCEANS > OCEAN CIRCULATION > OCEAN CURRENTS
OCEANS > SALINITY/DENSITY > SALINITY
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE > ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE MEASUREMENTS
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WINDS > SURFACE WINDS
OCEANS > OCEAN TEMPERATURE > SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURE
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE > SURFACE TEMPERATURE
OCEANS > SALINITY/DENSITY > CONDUCTIVITY
OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > OXYGEN
Processing Level2
CoverageRegion: Carribean
North Bounding Coordinate: 12.1 degrees
South Bounding Coordinate: 7.4 degrees
West Bounding Coordinate: -59.4 degrees
East Bounding Coordinate: -48.6 degrees
Time Span: 2020-Jan-17 to 2020-Mar-02
Granule Time Span: 2020-Jan-17 to 2020-Mar-02
ResolutionSpatial Resolution:
Swath Width0.001 km
Platform/Sensor
Saildrone
Platform
Name: Saildrone Unmanned Surface Vehicle (Saildrone)
Orbit Period: 0.0 minutes
Inclination Angle: 0.0 degrees
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PYROMETERS
SENSOR
Name: Heitronics Wing IR Pyrometer (PYROMETERS)
Swath Width: 0.001 kilometers
Description: Spacecraft angular distance from orbital plane relative to the Equator.

Saildrone
Platform
Name: Saildrone Unmanned Surface Vehicle (Saildrone)
Orbit Period: 0.0 minutes
Inclination Angle: 0.0 degrees
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ADCP
SENSOR
Name: Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP)
Swath Width: 0.001 kilometers
Description: Spacecraft angular distance from orbital plane relative to the Equator.

Saildrone
Platform
Name: Saildrone Unmanned Surface Vehicle (Saildrone)
Orbit Period: 0.0 minutes
Inclination Angle: 0.0 degrees
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CTD
SENSOR
Name: Conductivity, Temperature, Depth (CTD)
Swath Width: 0.001 kilometers
Description: Spacecraft angular distance from orbital plane relative to the Equator.

Saildrone
Platform
Name: Saildrone Unmanned Surface Vehicle (Saildrone)
Orbit Period: 0.0 minutes
Inclination Angle: 0.0 degrees
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ANEMOMETERS
SENSOR
Name: Aanderaa Dissolved Oxygen (710) Sensor 4831 (ANEMOMETERS)
Swath Width: 0.001 kilometers
Description: Spacecraft angular distance from orbital plane relative to the Equator.

Saildrone
Platform
Name: Saildrone Unmanned Surface Vehicle (Saildrone)
Orbit Period: 0.0 minutes
Inclination Angle: 0.0 degrees
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FLUOROMETERS
SENSOR
Name: Fluorometer (FLUOROMETERS)
Swath Width: 0.001 kilometers
Description: Spacecraft angular distance from orbital plane relative to the Equator.

Saildrone
Platform
Name: Saildrone Unmanned Surface Vehicle (Saildrone)
Orbit Period: 0.0 minutes
Inclination Angle: 0.0 degrees
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BAROMETERS
SENSOR
Name: Vaisala Barometer PTB210 (BAROMETERS)
Swath Width: 0.001 kilometers
Description: Spacecraft angular distance from orbital plane relative to the Equator.

ProjectAtlantic Tradewind Ocean-Atmosphere Mesoscale Interaction Campaign (ATOMIC)
Data ProviderPublisher: Saildrone Inc
Creator: Saildrone
Release Place: Saildrone Inc. 1050 W Tower Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
Release Date: 2020-Jul-30
Resource: http://podaac.jpl.nasa.gov/saildrone

Keyword(s)ADCP, CTD, fluorometer, anemometer, surface, trajectory, saildrone, chlorophyll-a, oxygen concentration, wind speed, wind direction, Salinity, Conductivity, Temperature, ATOMIC, NASA, Carribean, insitu
Questions related to this dataset? Contact podaac@podaac.jpl.nasa.gov
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DATA CITATION POLICY
Citation Saildrone. 2020. Saildrone Arctic ATOMIC Field Campaign Products. Ver. 1.0. PO.DAAC, CA, USA. Dataset accessed [YYYY-MM-DD] at https://doi.org/10.5067/SDRON-ATOM0

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Journal Reference Gentemann, C.L., J.P. Scott, P.L.F. Mazzini, C. Pianca, S. Akella, P.J Minnett, P. Cornillon, B. Fox-Kemper, I. Cetinic, T.M. Chin, J. Gomez-Valdes J. Vazquez-Cuervo, V.M. Tsontos, L. Yu, R. Jenkins, S. De Halleux, D. Peacock; N. Cohen. Saildrone: Adaptively Sampling the Marine Environment. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. (2020) 101 (6): E744E762. https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0015.1