Abstract's details

Dynamical Coastal Topography and tide gauge unification using altimetry and GOCE

Ole Baltazar Andersen (Dr, Denmark)


Per Knudsen (DTU Space, Denmark); Karina Nielsen (DTU Space, Denmark); Chris Hughes (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom); P. L. Woodworth (University of Liverpool, U.K. ); Guy Woppelman (LIENSs - CNRS/University of La Rochelle, France); Mederic Gravelle (LIENSs - CNRS/University of La Rochelle, France); Rory Bingham (Universtiy of Bristol, U. K.); Luciana Fenoglio-Marc (Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany); Mattias Becker (Technical university of Darmstadt, Germany); Michael Kern (ESA-ESTEC, Netherlands)

Event: 2015 Ocean Surface Topography Science Team Meeting

Session: Science I: Mean sea level monitoring: how to reconcile altimetry, tide gauges, land motion and other in situ observations?

Presentation type: Type Poster

Contribution: not provided


ESA has recently released a study on the potential of ocean levelling as a novel approach to the study of height system unification taking the recent development in geoid accuracy trough GOCE data into account. The suggested investigation involves the use of measurements and modelling to estimate Mean Dynamic Topography (MDT) of the ocean along a coastline which contributes/requires reconciling altimetry, tide gauge and vertical land motion. The fundamental use of the MDT computed using altimetry, ocean models or through the use of tide gauges has values of between -2 and +1 meters at different points in the ocean. However, close to the coast the determination of the MDT is problematic due to i.e., the altimeter footprint, land motion or parameterization/modelling of coastal currents.
The objective of this activity is to perform a consolidated and improved understanding and modelling of coastal processes and physics responsible for sea level changes on various temporal/spatial scales. The study runs from October 2015 to march 2017 and involves elements like: Develop an approach to estimate a consistent DT at tide gauges, coastal areas, and open ocean; Validate the approach in well-surveyed areas where DT can be determined at tide gauges; Determine a consistent MDT using GOCE with consistent error covariance fields; Connect measurements of a global set of tide gauges and investigate trends
The project and roadmap will be outlined in this presentation.


Poster show times:

Room Start Date End Date
Grand Ballroom Foyer Thu, Oct 22 2015,11:00 Thu, Oct 22 2015,18:00
Ole Baltazar Andersen