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The Surface Water and Ocean Topography Mission: centimetric spaceborne radar interferometry
Author(s): D. Esteban-Fernandez; Ernesto Rodriguez; Lee-Lueng Fu; Douglas Alsdorf; Parag Vaze
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Paper Abstract

Over the last two decades, several nadir profiling radar altimeters have provided our first global look at the ocean basinscale circulation and the ocean mesoscale at wavelengths longer than 100 km. Due to sampling limitations, nadir altimetry is unable to resolve the small wavelength ocean mesoscale and sub-mesoscale that are responsible for the vertical mixing of ocean heat and gases and the dissipation of kinetic energy from large to small scales. The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission being considered by NASA has as one of its main goals the measurement of ocean topography with kilometer-scale spatial resolution and centimeter scale accuracy. In this paper, we provide an overview of all error sources that contribute to the SWOT mission for the ocean. This paper is a sequel to an earlier paper describing the SWOT mission, the science and its payload.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 2010
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7826, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XIV, 782615 (13 October 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.868535
Show Author Affiliations
D. Esteban-Fernandez, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Ernesto Rodriguez, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Lee-Lueng Fu, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Douglas Alsdorf, Ohio State Univ, (United States)
Parag Vaze, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7826:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XIV
Roland Meynart; Steven P. Neeck; Haruhisa Shimoda, Editor(s)

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