Altimeter data for operational use in the marine environment

Susan Digby, Thomas Antczak, Robert Leben, George Born, Suzanne Barth, Robert Cheney, David Foley, Gustavo Jorge Goni, Gregg Jacobs, Nick Shay

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TOPEX/Poseidon has been collecting altimeter data continuously since October 1992. Altimeter data have been used to produce maps of sea surface height, geostrophic velocity, significant wave height, and wind speed. This information is of proven use to mariners as well as to the scientific community. Uses of the data include commercial and recreational vessel routing, ocean acoustics, input to geographic information systems developed for the fishing industry, identification of marine mammal habitats, fisheries management, and monitoring ocean debris. As with sea surface temperature data from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) in the late 1980s and early 1990s, altimeter data from TOPEX/Poseidon and ERS-1 and -2 are in the process of being introduced to the marine world for operational maritime use. It is anticipated that over the next few years companies that specialize in producing custom products for shipping agencies, fisheries and yacht race competitors will be incorporating altimeter data into their products. The data are also being incorporated into weather and climate forecasts by operational agencies both in the US and Europe. This paper will discuss these products, their uses, operational demonstrations and means of accessing the data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-613
Number of pages9
JournalOceans Conference Record (IEEE)
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the OCEANS '99 MTS/IEEE - Riding the Crest into the 21st Century - Seattle, WA, USA
Duration: Sep 13 1999Sep 16 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography


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