Ocean Vector Winds Science Team (ROSES 2022)

Funding Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Observing  and interpreting  winds  over  the ocean is  one  of  the  oldest  of  NASA's traditions  that  began in  late  1970s.  Nearly  four  decades  and several  satellite  missions later,  global  and  continuous  data records  of  ocean vector  winds  are  the  backbone  of multiple  discoveries  in  ocean and atmospheric  physics  and  air-sea interaction,  including improved  forecasting  capabilities  of  tropical  storms,  hurricanes,  and  cyclones.  The continuity  and accuracy  of  the  ocean vector  wind climate data  records  were  key  to revealing  multiple aspects  of  the coupled  Earth climate system,  such  as  changes  in sea ice,  land and snow  cover,  urban extent,  carbon biomass,  and ocean  productivity,  among other  studies. 

The wealth of  aforementioned discoveries  is  largely  due to the continued efforts  of the members  of  the  Ocean  Vector  Wind Science  Team  (OVWST),  an  international community  of  scientists,  government  agencies,  and users.  Over  the  decades,  members of  the OVWST  produced high-quality  data streams  from  Earth-observing  satellite missions that  carry  scatterometers  and polarimetric  radiometers,  performed  analysis and interpretation of  the wind-driven geophysical  processes,  and improved relevant operational  modeling  and forecasting  applications.  To  learn  about  the  OVWST  activities, please  visit  the U29T 29TU PO DAAC website .    

Every  four  years,  NASA  renews  the  membership  of  the OVWST  with a goal  to grow  and strengthen  the ocean  vector  wind community  by  welcoming  new  members  who bring new  ideas,  and re-welcoming  returning  members  who mentor  and  train the next generation  of  NASA  satellite wind experts.  This  program  element  is  another  such opportunity  to continue  the legacy  of  OVWST  scientific  excellence  and to  further  expand the range of  applications  of  ocean vector  wind data  across  Earth science.


  • Notice of Intent: Sep 8, 2022
  • Proposal: Oct 6, 2022




Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

October 6, 2022