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Observed Rossby waves in the South China Sea from satellite altimetry data
Author(s): Peter C. Chu; Chin-Lung Fang
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Paper Abstract

A global daily altimetry dataset was recently established at the Naval Research Laboratory on the base of Geosat Follow-On, TOPEX/POSEIDON, and ERS-2 data using the Modular Ocean Data Assimilation System (MODAS). After quality control such as tidal and orbit error removal, referencing to a consistent mean, it provides a global sea surface height (SSH) data with high temporal and spatial resolutions. We identify the first baroclinic Rossby waves wtih a phase speed around 3-5 cm/s in the northern South China Sea using 1994-2001 daily SSH data. We also find that there is no evident Rossby wave signal in the southern South China Sea.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 February 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5233, Remote Sensing of the Ocean and Sea Ice 2003, (26 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.509064
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Peter C. Chu, Naval Postgraduate School (United States)
Chin-Lung Fang, Naval Postgraduate School (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5233:
Remote Sensing of the Ocean and Sea Ice 2003
Charles R. Bostater; Rosalia Santoleri, Editor(s)

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