Abstract's details

Evaluation of two years of Sentinel-3A and first Sentinel-3B and impact of and on Mean Sea Surfaces and ocean tide corrections

Ole Baltazar Andersen (Dr, Denmark)


Heidi Randall (Dr, Denmark)

Event: 2018 Ocean Surface Topography Science Team Meeting

Session: The Geoid, Mean Sea Surfaces and Mean Dynamic Topography

Presentation type: Type Poster

Contribution: not provided


The use of a mean sea surface is paramount for deriving sea level anomalies from satellite altimetry. Sentinel-3 offers independent SAR altimetry along new ground tracks and can hence provide independent evaluation of existing mean sea surfaces. We perform an evaluation of the recent available mean sea surfaces using one year of 1 Hz Sentinel-3A data taking into account the shift in temporal average and coverage. Sentinel-3A is now available since February 2016 given a two year record whereas the DTU15MSS is an average of altimetry from 1993-2012 with an averaging median year in 2003. Hence, recent models for sea level changes must be introduced in order to account for 14 years of sea level changes which can regionally contribute with a signal on the decimeter scale. Similarly the first data from the Sentinel 3B data along its interleaved orbit with Sentinel 3A is presented upon availability.
Detailed coastal evaluation of the Mean sea surface models in the North Sea and Danish waters are performed by using both Sentinel-3 data from RADS but also DTU retracked 20 Hz Sentinel 3 data to study the impact of SAR altimetry on Mean sea surface determination and determination of short wavelength coastal signals which is likely better determined using SAR altimetry than with conventional altimetry which is the base for most current mean sea surfaces.

Poster show times:

Room Start Date End Date
Foyer, Salao Nobre & tent Thu, Sep 27 2018,18:00 Thu, Sep 27 2018,20:00
Foyer, Salao Nobre & tent Fri, Sep 28 2018,14:00 Fri, Sep 28 2018,15:00
Ole Baltazar Andersen