Improved spatial resolution of ocean surface topography from the T/P-Jason-1 altimeter mission
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 84, Issue 26, pages 241–248, 1 July 2003
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2003), Improved spatial resolution of ocean surface topography from the T/P-Jason-1 altimeter mission, Eos Trans. AGU, 84(26), 241–248, doi:10.1029/2003EO260002., , , and (
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- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
On 7 December 2001, the French/U.S. altimetric satellite Jason-1 was launched as a follow-on to the TOPEX/Poseidon Mission (hereafter referred to as T/P). The two satellites are now flying in tandem with a track separation half that of the T/P mission, offering a much improved sampling capability for the study of ocean circulation and tides.
Since 1992, T/P has been measuring the surface topography of the global oceans along a 10-day repeat orbit, establishing a decade-long data record that has been used in a wide range of oceanographic and geophysical studies [Fu and Cazenave, 2001]. The primary objective of Jason-1 is to continue the data record of TIP, by carrying the same instrument payload and measuring sea surface height along the ground track pattern established by T/P, with a measurement performance at least as good as that of T/P [Ménard et al., 2000].