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SPURS-2 research vessel along track WAMOS wave radar data for the second R/V Revelle cruise in the E. Tropical Pacific

The SPURS (Salinity Processes in the Upper Ocean Regional Study) project is NASA-funded oceanographic process study and associated field program that aim to elucidate key mechanisms responsible for near-surface salinity variations in the oceans. The project involves two field campaigns and a series of cruises in regions of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans exhibiting salinity extremes. SPURS employs a suite of state-of-the-art in-situ sampling technologies that, combined with remotely sensed salinity fields from the Aquarius/SAC-D, SMAP and SMOS satellites, provide a detailed characterization of salinity structure over a continuum of spatio-temporal scales. The SPURS-2 campaign involved two month-long cruises by the R/V Revelle in August 2016 and October 2017 combined with complementary sampling on a more continuous basis over this period by the schooner Lady Amber. Focused around a central mooring located near 10N,125W, the objective of SPURS-2 was to study the dynamics of the rainfall-dominated surface ocean at the western edge of the eastern Pacific fresh pool subject to high seasonal variability and strong zonal flows associated with the North Equatorial Current and Countercurrent. The WaMoS wave radar instrument was available during the second R/V Revelle cruise of SPURS-2. WaMoS is a radar-based wave and surface current monitoring system providing wave field imagery and station time series or along track data series for key wave parameter in near near-real time. The single resulting SPURS-2 WaMos data file contains along track wave measurement from the R/V Revelle over the duration of this cruise (5 Oct. to 16 Nov. 2017) for the following essential wave field parameters: wave period, wave length, and wave direction, as well as surface current speed and direction.

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