Waves from Radar Altimetry Satellites

30 Minutes

Vinca Rosmorduc

Waves from Radar Altimetry Satellites

Published: 21 November 2011

Radar altimetry satellites have been measuring the Earth’s ocean since 1991. Currently Jason-2, Envisat and Jason-1 are operational. If the main objective of those are the measurement of sea surface height, wind speed (modulus) and significant wave heights are very useful - bonuses - to this techniques. The presentation will explain how these quantities are retrieved from the altimeter measurements, and how they are used in meteorology, climatology and oceanography.

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Ocean, Waves, Altimetry, Radar, Aviso