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Further understanding the global mean sea level record over the satellite era

Christopher Watson (University of Tasmania, Australia)


Xianyao Chen (Ocean University of China and Qingdao National Laboratory of Marine Science and Technology, China); Xuebin Zhang (CSIRO, Australia); John Church (University of New South Wales, Australia); Matt King (University of Tasmania, Australia); Didier Monselesan (CSIRO, Australia); Benoit Legresy (CSIRO, Australia); Christopher Harig (University of Arizona, USA); Sam Royston (University of Tasmania, Australia)

Event: 2017 Ocean Surface Topography Science Team Meeting

Session: Science Keynotes Session

Presentation type: Type Keynote/invited

Contribution: PDF file


The satellite era time series of Global Mean Sea Level (GMSL) is a seminal climate data record that describes one of the most robust manifestations of climate change. Accurate estimates of the rate of change and possible acceleration of sea level are of major importance for evaluating model projections and for adaptation planning. Watson et al. (2015) investigated the magnitude of inter- and intra-mission biases in sea level, and in particular, the stability of those biases over time. That work suggested that time variable biases, in particular over the early part of the TOPEX record were significantly different to zero, implying a small over estimation in the rate of sea level change. Subsequently, Chen et al. (2017) further investigated the updated Watson et al. (2015) results and reported an improved instantaneous closure of the sea level budget over the altimeter era. Here we summarise these findings and detail recent insights in order to further understand and assess the evolution of the global mean sea level record.

Keynote/invited presentation show times:

Room Start Date End Date
Symphony Ballroom IV Mon, Oct 23 2017,14:00 Mon, Oct 23 2017,14:25
Christopher Watson
University of Tasmania