Rapid Global Geoid Mapping with Satellite Altimetry

  1. Soren W. Henriksen,
  2. Armando Mancini and
  3. Bernard H. Chovitz
  1. H. R. Stanley1,
  2. N. A. Roy2 and
  3. C. F. Martin3

Published Online: 15 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM015p0209

The Use of Artificial Satellites for Geodesy

The Use of Artificial Satellites for Geodesy

How to Cite

Stanley, H. R., Roy, N. A. and Martin, C. F. (1972) Rapid Global Geoid Mapping with Satellite Altimetry, in The Use of Artificial Satellites for Geodesy (eds S. W. Henriksen, A. Mancini and B. H. Chovitz), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM015p0209

Author Information

  1. 1

    NASA Wallops Station, Wallops Island, Virginia 23337

  2. 2

    Wolf Research And Development Corporation, Pocomoke City, Maryland 21851

  3. 3

    Wolf Research and Development Corporation, Riverdale, Maryland 20840

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1972

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900155

Online ISBN: 9781118663646

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Keywords:

  • Altimeter orbit simulation;
  • Calibration and verification;
  • Global mapping applications;
  • Instrumentation and environment;
  • Oceanographers and geophysicists

Summary

An orbiting altimeter with an instrumentation accuracy of better than 50 cm and noise levels of 20 cm can be built and flown within a relatively short time. With proper pre-mission analysis and careful scheduling, a 1° by 1° global geoidal map of 1- to 2-meter resolution can be obtained within an 18- to 20-day period by using a high-inclination orbit.