3rd Applications Working Group Meeting

April 5-6, 2017
Reston, VA USA

The SWOT Applications Working Group held its second meeting on April 5-6, 2017 at the U.S. Geological Survey Headquarters in Reston, VA. The goal was to explore how best to maximize the user-readiness of the SWOT data after launch in 2021. More than 50 participants attended the workshop, representing various stakeholder agencies from the public and private sector that deal with water issues.

Titled "Engaging the User Community for Advancing Societal Applications of the Surface Water Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission," the workshop's agenda was designed to advance SWOT's application potential. This agenda was developed through questionnaires provided to participants, organization of survey responses into actionable items, and development of a guidance document for future planning. Three key take-home messages resulted from the workshop:
  1. SWOT data availability at a latency of less than two days has overwhelming demand and critical societal need wherein a compromise between accuracy and latency appears widely acceptable.
  2. While the availability of SWOT data in near real-time (NRT) will spur the most innovative societal applications and significantly improve many current operational applications, non-NRT data will remain valuable for retrospective (post-event) analysis, large-scale basin or ecological management and policy formulation.
  3. The SWOT mission needs to engage with application community now to provide simulated data products, education and training on data, uncertainty, access for various levels of expertise among users (lay people, beginners and advanced) and in multiple languages and format (in person, online, multi-media tutorials).
Meeting Summary