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Satellite altimetry: sailing closer to the coast

Vignudelli, Stephano; Cipollini, Paolo; Gommenginger, Christine; Gleason, Scott; Snaith, Helen M.; Coelho, Henrique; Fernandes, M. Joana; Lazaro, Clara; Nunes, Alexandra L.; Gomez-Enri, Jesus; Martin-Puig, Cristina; Woodworth, Philip L.; Dinardo, Salvatore; Benveniste, Jerome. 2011 Satellite altimetry: sailing closer to the coast. In: Tang, Danling; Gower, James; Levy, Gad; Katsaros, Kristina B.; Singh, Ram; Heron, Malcolm, (eds.) Remote sensing of the changing oceans. Heidelberg, Springer-Verlag, 217-238.

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Abstract/Summary

In this chapter we review the history of coastal altimetry. We illustrate the challenges associated with data processing, improvement and exploitation, including (1) what altimeter data are available today and what are the issues in coastal zones; (2) what efforts are underway to fill the gaps in coastal altimetry and what still needs to be done; (3) how coastal altimetry can be used in support of coastal oceanography. After nearly two decades of data collection near coasts, the planned reprocessing of multi-mission global record now appears to be necessary for the European research efforts, in particular the main outcomes of the COASTALT project, by showcasing improved corrections (with special emphasis on the wet tropospheric effect), waveform analysis and novel retracking techniques, as well as the structure of the new processor for Envisant RA-2 coastal records. This is of interest to a broad range of data integrators who will be able to use the improved altimeter data in their operational products or services.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1007/978-3-642-16541-2
ISBN: 978-3-642-16541-2
Additional Pages: Chapter 11
Additional Keywords: ALIBOCCA; ALTICORE; ALTIMETER DATA CORRECTIONS; CLIMATE CHANGE; COASTAL CURRENTS; COASTAL ZONE ALTIMETRY; COASTALT; SEA LEVEL CHANGE; DELAY DOPPLER ELEVATION MODEL; DORIS; ENVISAT; ERS-1; ERS-2; GLOBAL NAVIGATION NAVIGATION SATELLITE SYSTEM; OCEAN CURRENTS; MEDITERRANEAN SEA; SEA SURFACE TOPOGRAPHY; SATELLITE ALTIMETRY; TIDE GAUGES; TIDES; TOPEX/POSEIDON; WAVE HEIGHT
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Date made live: 09 Jun 2011 15:31
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/13958

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