AirSWOT 2013: Sacramento River and Delta Field Campaign
NASA's Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite mission is a wide-swath RADAR altimeter that aims to measure the temporal and spatial variations in water resources availability. SWOT is scheduled for launch in 2020 (for more information about SWOT and AirSWOT please refer to: https://swot.jpl.nasa.gov/). AirSWOT is the calbration/validation instrument for SWOT with planned engineering test flights and data collection campaigns across the continental United States. May 2013 was one of the first AirSWOT data collection flights. The flights were based out of Dryden Air Force Base with flight lines covering the Sacramento River and Delta. We were in the field collecting calibration/validation measurements for the AirSWOT (and SWOT) data products.