Research Fellow, UMass Amherst
NASA, together with the space agencies of France, the UK, and Canada, is launching the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite to provide transformational data to the ocean science and hydrology communities. These novel data must be verified to ensure the instrument is working as intended, and additional ground-based data are needed to help calibrate the satellite throughout the mission lifetime. This process is known as calibration and validation, or cal/val. Cal/val preparation for SWOT has been underway for half a decade, and the SWOT cal/val team is well prepared for launch in 2022. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a lead institution for cal/val for inland waters (lakes and rivers) in the US, and in essence we will lead the fieldwork operations for this launch in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of Colorado Boulder, and Brown University. The cal/val team includes academic faculty, NASA engineers, field technicians, temporary field workers, and graduate students.
The Lead Technician will be responsible for planning, collecting, and processing field measurements made in service of SWOT cal/val. The full job description, requirements, and application may be found here