Announcement of Opportunity: Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite calibration and validation (cal/val)

Closing date for proposals: 4pm on 22 April 2020

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the UK Space Agency (UKSA) are inviting research proposals to develop a systems approach to estuarine management using the data intense phase of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite calibration / validation (cal/val) to understand water flows.

The SWOT mission aims to make the first global survey of the Earth's surface water, to observe the fine details of the ocean surface topography, and to measure how terrestrial surface water bodies change over time. The cal/val phase offers a unique opportunity to sample the Severn Estuary at fast time sampling (1 day) in addition to swath altimetry providing observations of water-surface elevation, slope, inundation extent, and discharge.

NERC and UKSA will provide up to £375k of funding (at 80% FEC) to eligible researchers. It is expected that one project proposal lasting up to three years will be funded and focused on the cal/val phase of the mission. The successful project must start by 1 August 2020.

Please note that the call is not yet available in Je-S but applicants can start to prepare their proposals in Je-S from 16 March 2020.

Further information on the call and how to submit an application can be found in the Announcement of Opportunity document below.

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 175KB)

For further information please contact:

Tom Doyle
07925 891665