Research from ODYSEA

ODYSEA will bring new insights to our understanding of air-sea interaction and upper ocean currents.

  • How do ocean currents influence the atmosphere?  Is the atmospheric response to ocean currents localized or geographically distributed?
  • How do ocean currents vary on small and rapid scales? What controls these changes?  Do currents accelerate more readily in response to wind when the mixed layer is shallow or deep?  Do coastal regimes differ from open ocean?

ODYSEA’s wind and current observations will constrain models of ocean circulation, weather, and climate, helping with critical operations and providing key information for biology and biogeochemistry:

  • Search and rescue at sea requires frequent and high-resolution currents to direct operations on 24—48 hour time scales.
  • The global constellation of wind satellites lacks observations around 4:30 am and 4:30 pm local time. ODYSEA will fill this gap to track the evolution of diurnal winds and fast-moving storm systems.


What science opportunities does ODYSEA offer?

  • You can explore using the ODYSEA science simulator:  (log into Github to access the resources).  If you write a paper or carry out an analysis relevant to ODYSEA, please share your findings with the science team.