An initial estimate of the North Atlantic steady-state geostrophic circulation from GOCE
Article first published online: 15 JAN 2011
Copyright 2011 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 38, Issue 1, 16 January 2011
How to Cite
2011), An initial estimate of the North Atlantic steady-state geostrophic circulation from GOCE, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L01606, doi:10.1029/2010GL045633., , , and (
- Issue published online: 15 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 15 JAN 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 NOV 2010
- Manuscript Revised: 25 OCT 2010
- Manuscript Received: 28 SEP 2010
- mean dynamic topography;
- geostrophic circulation;
The GOCE satellite mission was launched in 2009 and the first gravity models were released in July 2010. Here we present an initial assessment of the GOCE data in terms of the mean circulation of the North Atlantic. We show that with just two months of data, the estimated circulation from GOCE is already superior to a similar estimate based on 8 years of GRACE observations. This result primarily depends on the fact that the GOCE mean dynamic topography (MDT) is generally less noisy than that obtained from the GRACE data. It therefore requires less smoothing and so there is less attenuation of the oceanographic signal. Our results provide a strong validation of the GOCE mission concept, and we anticipate further substantial improvements as the mission progresses.