Expanding altimetry outreach
For nearly twenty five years, TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason-1, OSTM/Jason-2 and Jason-3 mission outreach have been developed both sides of the Atlantic. Cryosat, Saral, Sentinel-3, and in the future Jason-CS… are also opening new avenues for outreach and applications, and must be highlighted. Moreover, need for outreach is more than ever present: with the continuity of the missions in discussion, explaining what ocean surface topography is all about could help the decision. Future missions, such as SWOT are also in need of outreach, to detail their characteristics to data users, and to a broader public, including decision-makers.
We propose to use all these possibilities to continue to expand outreach, be it educational & public outreach, or application outreach, to new publics, and new subjects. For that, we will build upon existing material and new Investigators works, develop new link lists, and also new material when none is available.
Particular attention will be given to the building of educational material at different levels (including undergraduates and graduates, but also levels below). Adaptation of existing data visualization interactive tools to education could also be investigated, in order to familiarize the young to the use and importance of remote sensing data such as altimetry. Updates, new developments and adaptations of the Basic Radar Altimetry Toolbox and of its tutorial can also be envisioned in an outreach and education point of view.