Marlon, Scott McL., John C., and other friends in Halifax ------
We have a class of undergrads here at Rutgers that is just having a great time with this. They are scouring the web for datasets, satellite images, model forecasts, altimeter maps, ice maps, wave forecasts, etc, etc. Some are working on the path planning. Others on the conditions in the landing zone. Just like the Stommel race, but this time the race is against the clock. Dave Aragon, our glider electronics tech, has given us 35 more days of flight time (starting today) before we have to hang it up. We think he's built in a safety factor, but he's certainly too smart to tell us what it is.
So RU15 has to stop surfing the Gulf Stream and looping around in the warm core rings and head for a home port. Do you have a similar group of students that we could set up a skype or other video conference with?
Our students would like to talk to yours about the sea conditions, ice conditions, currents, weather, and everything else that comes up when you are searching for a home port. I-COOL edu at its best.
We keep seeing the wave forecasts calling for 7 to 13 foot seas offshore of Halifax. You know from the HyCODE days that waves like that are not something we are used to. Maybe with your help we can bring this glider home and snag a Dalhousie sticker for the hull in the process.
Hope to see you all in a few weeks!