Abstract's details

High-Resolution Maps of Sea Surface Height: A new method applied to the California Current system

Matthew Archer (JPL, United States)


Zhijin Li (JPL, USA); Lee-Lueng Fu (JPL, USA)

Event: 2019 Ocean Surface Topography Science Team Meeting

Session: Science III: Mesoscale and sub-mesoscale oceanography

Presentation type: Type Poster

Contribution: none


We present a new method to optimize mapping of along-track measurements of sea surface height (SSH) from multiple satellites onto a regular space-time grid. Motivated by the upcoming SWOT Cal/Val in the California Current system, our goal has been to investigate how much of the fine-scale ocean variability resolved by along-track observations can be retained in the interpolated 2D maps, while avoiding spurious off-track variance. To objectively map the SSH, we apply a variational interpolation technique, optimize the correlation scales for the region, and incorporate a new 'representation error' term in the observational error covariance matrix. Initial results indicate a significant improvement over AVISO in terms of the spatial and temporal resolution of the maps, which we validate with independent remote and in-situ datasets.


Poster show times:

Room Start Date End Date
The Gallery Tue, Oct 22 2019,16:15 Tue, Oct 22 2019,18:00
The Gallery Thu, Oct 24 2019,14:00 Thu, Oct 24 2019,15:45
Matthew Archer
United States