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Exploiting the potential of an improved multimission altimetric data set over the coastal ocean

Bouffard, J.; Vignudelli, S.; Cipollini, P.; Menard, Y.. 2008 Exploiting the potential of an improved multimission altimetric data set over the coastal ocean. Geophysical Research Letters, 35 (10). L10601. 10.1029/2008GL033488

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Until now, most satellite altimetry studies of the coastal ocean have been based on along-track data from a single mission, whereas up to four missions were operative in 2002–2005. Here, to monitor the coastal ocean we have applied specialized corrections and dedicated processing strategies to compute a multimission data set at a mean distance of 32 km of the coast. The resulting altimetric data set is compared with sea level data from three in situ stations over a coastal zone of the northwestern Mediterranean. The mean rms difference between this data set and the sea level stations is 2.9 cm against 3.7 cm when using the AVISO altimetric product. Comparison of altimeter-derived geostrophic velocities with a mooring also shows that the spatial and temporal variability of the surface current field is well reproduced. The agreement with in situ measurements extends to intraseasonal time scales showing a significant improvement compared to previous studies in the 50 km coastal-band.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1029/2008GL033488
ISSN: 0094-8276
Date made live: 16 Jul 2008 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/154555

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