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Relation between SLA and SST: coupled pattern analysis of the data collected during two years of Mediterranean forecasting system pilot project (MFSPP)
Author(s): Bruno Buongiorno Nardelli; Gilles Larnicol; Emma D'Acunzo; Rosalia Santoleri; Pierre-Yves Le Traon
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Paper Abstract

Remote sensing instruments provide a huge volume of measurements of sea surface parameters which are of fundamental interest to the oceanographic community, mainly because of the high spatial and temporal coverage of satellite sensors respect to traditional techniques. In fact, the whole ocean circulation is actually driven by processes occurring at the air-sea interface, as the energy is mainly supplied to the ocean by atmosphere-ocean interactions. Consequently, altimeter derived SSH and SST obtained from AVHRR, that have already proved to be quit useful to evaluate the sea surface variability, can be though t as possible tools to investigate the ocean dynamics and atmosphere-ocean interaction more deeply. In this work, 2 years of Mediterranean Forecasting System Pilot Project dat over the Mediterranean basin are analyzed. The relationship between SST and SLA is investigated applying an objective method for coupled pattern detection, based on the singular value decomposition of the covariance of the two data-sets.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 January 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4544, Remote Sensing of the Ocean and Sea Ice 2001, (14 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.452743
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Bruno Buongiorno Nardelli, CNR-IFA (Italy)
Gilles Larnicol, Collecte Localisation Satellites (France)
Emma D'Acunzo, CNR-IFA (Italy)
Rosalia Santoleri, CNR-IFA (Italy)
Pierre-Yves Le Traon, Collecte Localisation Satellites (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4544:
Remote Sensing of the Ocean and Sea Ice 2001
Charles R. Bostater; Rosalia Santoleri, Editor(s)

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