Journal article

33 years of globally calibrated wave height and wind speed data based on altimeter observations

Agustinus Ribal, Ian R Young

Scientific Data | Nature Research (part of Springer Nature) | Published : 2019


This dataset consists of 33 years (1985 to 2018), of global significant wave height and wind speed obtained from 13 altimeters, namely: GEOSAT, ERS-1, TOPEX, ERS-2, GFO, JASON-1, ENVISAT, JASON-2, CRYOSAT-2, HY-2A, SARAL, JASON-3 and SENTINEL-3A. The altimeter data have been calibrated and validated against National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) buoy data. Differences between altimeter and buoy data as a function of time are investigated for long-term stability. A cross validation between altimeters is also carried out in order to check the stability and consistency of the calibrations developed. Quantile-quantile comparisons between altimeter and buoy data as well as between altimeters a..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge ongoing support from the Australian Research Council through grants DP130100215 and DP160100738 and to Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) for directly funding the development of this archive. As noted in the paper, the original data were sourced from Globwave, RADS and NSOAS. These repositories are gratefully acknowledged. Any use of the present data must also be acknowledged using the following statement: "Data were sourced from the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) - IMOS is a national collaborative research infrastructure, supported by the Australian Government".