Rivers around the world wider than 50-100 meters (164 - 328 feet).
SWOT will augment stream gauges by measuring rivers in two dimensions (2D).
Those 2D measurements can show the complexity of streamflow through a river basin like the Amazon.
SWOT will help us understand the concerns of a whole continent.
And ultimately tell us about the opportunities and hazards that rivers represent all around the world.
Improve the computer models that are used to monitor drought conditions
Accurately measure changes in reservoir storage over months and seasons
Allow communities to plan future flow conditions, even when upstream water sources are located in other countries
Help improve flood forecasts and help businesses better protect their assets from flood risks
Benefit river commerce by supplementing data from river gauges