Farallon Institute is proud to announce that we have been awarded the Saildrone Ocean Data Award. Farallon Institute scientists Jeff Dorman and Bill Sydeman are part of a team that will utilize 30 days of data collection from an autonomous Saildrone vehicle. The research proposal, "Using Saildrone autonomous in situ data for satellite validation and research into upper ocean physics and ecology" will take place on a cruise from San Francisco to Acapulco, Mexico, in April 2017. This coalition of 23 scientists are involved in 17 projects using Saildrone data. The cruise track was selected to optimize both the science and validation objectives included in these projects. The scientific objectives include studies of upwelling dynamics, air-sea interactions including frontal regions, diurnal warming regions, and ocean ecology. The validation objectives include establishing the utility of Saildrone measurements for inclusion into ocean models, validation of glider observations, and validation of satellite-derived fluxes, sea surface temperatures, ocean currents, and wind vectors.
Saildrone designs and manufactures wind and solar powered autonomous surface vehicles, which make wide-scale ocean data collection cost-effective. Saildrone is collaborating with governments and private companies around the globe to build the world's largest high-resolution ocean datasets. Better inputs in planetary models in turn yield better outputs and the new insights gained for weather forecasting, carbon cycling, global fishing, and climate change will have tremendous impact on humanity.