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2017
SWOT Science Team Meeting and Cal/Val Workshop
June 26-29, 2017
Toulouse, France

The second Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) Science Team Meeting was held in Toulouse, France, June 26-28. Concurrent hydrology and oceanography sessions allowed for the discussion of specific science team projects and objectives. The meeting was followed by a 1-day SWOT Ocean Calibration/Validation Workshop, which took place in the same location on June 29.

2nd Applications Working Group Meeting
April 5-6, 2017
Reston, VA USA

The SWOT Applications Working Group held its second meeting on April 5-6, 2017 at the U.S. Geological Survey Headquarters in Reston, VA. The goal was to explore how best to maximize the user-readiness of the SWOT data after launch in 2021. More than 50 participants attended the workshop, representing various stakeholder agencies from the public and private sector that deal with water issues.

2016
2016 Science Team Meeting
June 13-16, 2016
Pasadena, CA USA

The first Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) Science Team Meeting was held in Pasadena, California, June 13-15, 2016. The meeting was immediately followed by the SWOT Ocean Calibration/Validation Workshop, which took place in the same location on June 16. The meeting lasted three days to accommodate the contributions of 153 participants, over 80 oral presentations and 54 posters.

2015
6th Science Definition Team Meeting
July 7-9, 2015
Toulouse, France

The Science Definition Team (SDT) of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission held their last meeting in mid-July 2015. Over 80 presentations were given, focusing on scientific objectives for the one-day repeat phase of the SWOT mission and beyond, along with detailed calibration/validation plans. The SDT also discussed SWOT model simulations and data products.

5th Science Definition Team Meeting
January 13-15, 2015
La Jolla, CA USA

The Science Definition Team (SDT) of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission met in La Jolla, California during mid-January 2015. Topics covered include on-board processing, downlink capacity and data resolution, near-real time products, and the fast sampling phase of the SWOT mission. Splinter sessions focused on oceanography and hydrology addressed science products, simulated data, and post-launch calibration/validation campaigns.

1st Applications Working Group Meeting
January 12, 2015
La Jolla, CA USA

The SWOT Applications Working Group and members of the Science Definition Team held their first meeting on January 12, 2015. It provided an opportunity for early engagement of key user organizations (USGS, NOAA, Navy, MERCATOR, etc.) and focused on the development of SWOT-related applications (operational and research) in hydrology and oceanography.

2014
4th Science Definition Team Meeting
June 17-20, 2014
Toulouse, France

The fourth meeting of The Science Definition Team (SDT) of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission met in Toulouse France in June 2014.

3rd Science Definition Team Meeting
January 14-16, 2014
Arlington, VA USA

The Science Definition Team (SDT) of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission met in Arlington, Virginia during mid-January 2014. Plenary sessions outlined preparation for the SWOT mission design review including science returns, performance and error budget, and the Ka-band Radar Interferometer (KaRIN) instrument.

2013
2nd Science Definition Team Meeting
June 17-19, 2013
Paris, France

The second meeting of the Science Definition Team (SDT) of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission met in Paris, France in late June of 2013.

1st Science Definition Team Meeting
January 28-30, 2013
Pasadena, CA USA

The first Science Definition Team (SDT) of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission met in Pasadena, CA at the end of January 2013. All 38 science investigation teams participated along with NASA and Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) mission team members, bringing the total to over 70 attendees.

2011
Science Working Group Meeting
October 17, 2011
San Diego, CA USA

The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission held a Science Working Group Meeting in San Diego, California on October 17, 2011. With nearly 60 participants, the meeting's objective was to develop SWOT mission science requirements, discuss calibration/validation activities, and prepare for the Mission Concept Review.

2010
SWOT Hydrology Virtual Mission
September 22-24, 2010
Paris, France

Held in Paris during September 2010, the first day of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) meeting focused on Virtual Mission activities including river hydraulics, storage, discharge, modeling, data assimilation, and field campaigns. The subsequent two days were dedicated to developing the SWOT mission agenda and implementation plans until launch, beginning with status of science and algorithms, along with short- and long-term goals.

Science Working Group Meeting
March 1-2, 2010
Arlington, VA USA

The Science Working Group of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) met in Arlington, Virginia for the first two days of March 2010. The forty-six participants focused on the SWOT measurement system, mission science, and airborne campaign. Measurement system presentations centered on SWOT's primary instrument (Ka-band Radar Interferometer, KaRIN), error budget and reduction, and mission design studies. Mission science discussions covered various hydrologic and oceanographic topics. The meeting concluded with an overview of preparations for the SWOT Mission Concept Review.

2008
SWOT Hydrology Workshop
September 15-17, 2008
Columbus, OH USA

In mid-September 2008, a hydrology workshop for the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) was held at Ohio State University, which included 73 participants. The first two days were designed to allow discussion and decisions regarding hydrologic science drivers for SWOT and definition of potential applications motivators (i.e., water cycle, floodplains and wetlands, society). The third day focused on the mission timeline and planning, answering the question: How do we quantify the mission design so that the technology remains affordable and that data through-put constraints are met?

A Workshop on Mesoscale and Submesoscale Oceanic Processes: Explorations with Wide-Swath Interferometry Radar Altimetry
April 28-30, 2008
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, CA USA

This workshop, hosted by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, addressed many of the opportunities and challenges facing the upcoming SWOT mission. A review of the state of current Altimetric capabilities was provided, followed by presentations on theoretical topics which could be addressed by SWOT.

SWOT Science Working Group
February 1, 2008
Paris, France

The Science Working Group of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission met on February 1, 2008 in Paris and included 24 participants. The meeting stressed international cooperation including technology sharing between the U.S. and French space agencies and risk reduction studies.

2007
WATER HM Science Working Group Meeting
October 29-30, 2007
Washington, DC USA

The Science Working Group (SWG) of the WATER HM mission met October 29 and 30, 2007 in Washington, DC and included 24 participants. The meeting was held to make decisions and initiate actions toward meeting the following SWG goals: Formulate the mission's science objectives and requirements; and Conduct a preliminary mission design study given science requirements, technology, and cost constraints.

WATER HM Planning Meeting
July 25, 2007
Barcelona, Spain

Held in Barcelona on July 25, 2007, the purpose of the WATER HM planning meeting was to initiate the Science Working Group (SWG) and plan its inaugural meeting. Discussions centered on science questions, technology issues, and organization of the SWG.

2006
Joint Meeting of Ocean Sciences and Surface Water Hydrology in Support of Wide-Swath Altimetry Measurements
October 30-31, 2006
Washington, DC USA

Over 40 people participated in this wide-swath altimetry meeting held at the end of October 2006 in Washington, DC. The goal was to facilitate members of the ocean sciences and surface water hydrology communities in defining a satellite mission to measure Earth's surface water.