Past, Present, and Future Satellite Radar Altimeters

Session ID#: 84489

Session Description:
Satellite radar altimetry has provided a wealth of information about ocean circulation, dynamics, and sea level rise. This talk will provide a brief review of the observational principles of satellite radar altimetry, including conventional pulse-limited nadir altimetry as deployed on the TOPEX/Poseidon, Envisat, and other missions, the delay-Doppler altimetry deployed on CryoSat-2, and the swath interferometric altimeter to be deployed on the future Surface Water & Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission. This talk will be aimed at graduate students and researchers interested in using historical and future altimetry data to map ocean and ice surfaces, and who would like to learn more about the physical processes which have been observed with altimetry, the error budget associated with altimeter measurements, and the potential of the future SWOT mission to map ocean surface topography at scales smaller than 100km.
  • IS - Ocean Observatories, Instrumentation and Sensing Technologies
  • PL - Physical Oceanography: Mesoscale and Larger
  • PS - Physical Oceanography: Mesoscale and Smaller
Index Terms:

4262 Ocean observing systems [OCEANOGRAPHY: GENERAL]
4594 Instruments and techniques [OCEANOGRAPHY: PHYSICAL]
4599 General or miscellaneous [OCEANOGRAPHY: PHYSICAL]
Primary Presenter:  Edward Zaron, Portland State University, Portland, OR, United States
Moderators:  Colleen B Mouw, University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, RI, United States and Camille Pagniello, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California - San Diego, San Diego, CA, United States

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