2013 - AirSWOT Sacramento River and Sacramento River Delta Campaign
NASA's Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite mission is a wide-swath RADAR altimeter with a scheduled launch in 2022. SWOT aims to measure temporal and spatial variations in surface water resources. In preparation for launch, JPL developed AirSWOT both as a validation instrument instrument and for testing ka-band radar returns over water prior to launch. The Spring 2013 AirSWOT flights were some of the first engineering checkout and data collection campaigns. The aircraft deployed from from Dryden Air Force Base and mapped targeted swaths of both the Sacramento River and the Sacramento River Delta. We were in the field during the AirSWOT flights to collect in situ water level and vegetation data to validate first-return, experimental AirSWOT data.