OCEAN APPLICATIONS FROM ALTIMETRY SATELLITES
Future missions in development—Jason-CS/Sentinel-6 and Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT)—willprovide a continuous record of consistent and calibrated OST data into the next decade. The applied science community for these assets continues to expand. An effort is underway by NASA and partners to advance awareness of the utility of these satellite data time series and to expand the user base. Societal benefits from these missions include weather prediction, coastal impacts (storm surge, coastal currents), fisheries management, ecosystem functioning, marine transport, sea level rise (and related disaster risk management), flooding, and coastal impacts from ocean and surface water changes, among many others. Identifying existing and potential uses of the data in operational, scientific, and other realms helps its value to be communicated to decision makers, scientific and operational entities. These uses can help to improve processes and to better understand the implications of ocean changes for both global and regional impacts.