Abstract's details

Uncertainty estimates of altimetric Global Mean Sea Level timeseries

Martin Scharffenberg (CEN - University of Hamburg, Germany)


Michael Hemming (University of East Anglia, UK); Detlef Stammer (CEN - University of Hamburg, Germany)

Event: 2015 Ocean Surface Topography Science Team Meeting

Session: Quantifying Errors and Uncertainties in Altimetry data

Presentation type: Type Oral

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An attempt is being presented concerned with providing uncertainty measures for global mean sea level time series. For this purpose sea surface height (SSH) fields, simulated by the high resolution STORM/NCEP model for the period 1993 - 2010, were subsampled along altimeter tracks and processed similar to techniques used by five working groups to estimate GMSL. Results suggest that the spatial and temporal resolution have a substantial impact on GMSL estimates. Major impacts can especially result from the interpolation technique or the treatment of SSH outliers and easily lead to artificial temporal variability in the resulting time series.

Oral presentation show times:

Room Start Date End Date
Grand Ballroom 1 Thu, Oct 22 2015,10:00 Thu, Oct 22 2015,10:15
Martin Scharffenberg
CEN - University of Hamburg