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Study of Innovative Radar Altimeter Systems - IRAC: Report by the IRAC science team. Report for ESA ITT AO/1-3912/01/NL/GS, Contract No. 15737/01.

Santoleri, R.; Buongiorno Nardelli, B.; Frezzotti, M.; Marullo, S.; Pinardi, N.; Cavaleri, L.; Challenor, P.G.; Cipollini, P.; Gommenginger, C.P.. 2002 Study of Innovative Radar Altimeter Systems - IRAC: Report by the IRAC science team. Report for ESA ITT AO/1-3912/01/NL/GS, Contract No. 15737/01. Rome, Italy, ISAC, Istituto di Scienze dell’Atmosfera e del Clima, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, 49pp. (UNSPECIFIED)

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Abstract/Summary

The main objective of this report is to describe the limits and capabilities of present altimeters in monitoring the ocean and ice topography as well as wind and waves, and to provide more precise indications on the scientific requirements for future altimeter systems. Some key examples of the use of altimeter data will be presented, posing the most stringent requirements on accuracy, spatial and temporal sampling and length of the time series. The identified requirements can be assumed as ‘optimal’, as they actually cover the main processes occurring on a wide range of spatial and temporal scales.

Item Type: Publication - Report (UNSPECIFIED)
Additional Keywords: altimetry, operational oceanography, planetary waves, waves, tides, currents, eddy, wind algorithms, wave algorithms
Date made live: 31 May 2005 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/115761

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