Journal article

Validation of Jason-1 and Envisat Remotely Sensed Wave Heights

Tom H Durrant, Diana JM Greenslade, Ian Simmonds

JOURNAL OF ATMOSPHERIC AND OCEANIC TECHNOLOGY | AMER METEOROLOGICAL SOC | Published : 2009

Abstract

Satellite altimetry provides an immensely valuable source of operational significant wave height (Hs) data. Currently, altimeters on board Jason-1 and Envisat provide global Hs observations, available within 3-5 h of real time. In this work, Hs data from these altimeters are validated against in situ buoy data from the National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) and Marine Environmental Data Service (MEDS) buoy networks. Data cover a period of three years for Envisat and more than four years for Jason-1. Collocation criteria of 50 km and 30 min yield 3452 and 2157 collocations for Jason-1 and Envisat, respectively. Jason-1 is found to be in no need of correction, performing well throughout the range of..

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