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Gavdos/West Crete Cal-Val site: Over a decade calibrations for Jason series, SARAL/AltiKa, Cryosat-2, Sentinel-3 and HY-2 altimeter satellites

Stelios Mertikas (Technical University of Crete, Greece)


Craig Donlon (ESTEC/ESA, The Netherlands); Constantine Mavrocordatos (ESTEC/ESA, Netherlands); Ilias N. Tziavos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece); Jean-Damien Desjonqueres (CNES, France); Demitris Galanakis (Space Geomatica Ltd., Greece); George Vergos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece); Ole Andersen (DTU Space, Denmark); Achilles Tripolitsiotis (Space Geomatica Ltd., Greece); Nicolas Picot (CNES, France); Xenofon Fratzis (Technical University of Crete, Greece); Hailong Peng (National Ocean Satellite Application Center, China)

Event: 2016 Ocean Surface Topography Science Team Meeting

Session: Regional and Global CAL/VAL for Assembling a Climate Data Record

Presentation type: Type Oral

Contribution: PDF file


This work presents and compares the latest altimeter calibration results for the Jason series as well as the SARAL/AltiKa and the Chinese HY-2 missions, conducted at the Gavdos/Crete calibration/validation facilities. At first, the Jason altimeter calibration values will be given for the ascending Pass No.109 and the descending Pass No.18 and for Jason-1 (GDR-E), Jason-2 (GDR-D) and Jason-3 (IGDR-T). Secondly, these values will be cross-examined against the altimeter bias for the SARAL/AltiKa (GDR-T) satellite at Gavdos Cal/Val using its reference ascending orbit No. 571. The new Sentinel-3 altimeter calibration site will be presented as well as the first transponder results for the Sentinel-3, Jason-2, Jason-3 and Cryosat-2. Finally, the Chinese HY-2 satellite altimeter bias will be presented using the CRS1 permanent Cal/Val site in south west Crete for the descending HY-2 Pass No. 280, at 20 Hz based on SGDR data products. Additionally, altimeter biases as determined by locally developed Mean Sea Surface model will be presented and compared with the conventional sea-surface calibration methodology.

Oral presentation show times:

Room Start Date End Date
Auditorium Wed, Nov 02 2016,14:30 Wed, Nov 02 2016,14:45
Stelios Mertikas
Technical University of Crete