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Sentinel3 Microwave radiometers : Latest processing improvement, performances and stability assessment of

Marie-Laure Frery (CLS, France)


Mathilde Siméon (CLS, France); Pierre Féménias (ESA/ESRIN, Italy)

Event: 2022 Ocean Surface Topography Science Team Meeting

Session: Instrument Processing: Propagation, Wind Speed and Sea State Bias

Presentation type: Type Poster

Contribution: not provided


Sentinel-3B was launched the 25 April 2018, two years after Sentinel-3A. The two radiometers are identical in design. The pair of satellite will increase coverage and data delivery for Copernicus service. For routine operation, Sentinel-3 configuration is such that both satellites will fly with a 140° separation.

The two-channels microwave radiometer (23.8 and 36.5 GHz) on board the two missions is similar to the Envisat and ERS MWR sensors. It is combined to the altimeter in order to correct the altimeter range for the excess path delay (WTC for wet tropospheric correction) resulting from the presence of water vapor in the troposphere.

An ascending/descending signal is observed on comparison to simulations for Sentinel-3A and B, indicating a design root cause. The more probable root cause seems to be the OLCI wall close to the MWR. A correction for that signal has been developed and implemented. Latest algorithms developed for Sentinel-3 MWRs will be presented.

The wet tropospheric correction (WTC) is a major source of uncertainty in altimetry budget error, due to its large spatial and temporal variability. It also contributes significantly to the uncertainty in the long term mean sea level trend. In order to better quantify the WTC trend, it is important to focus on the detection of potential instrumental drifts. The long-term stability of each radiometer will be assessed using different methods.

First, vicarious calibrations are statistical selections of coldest and hottest temperatures over the ocean and the Amazon forest respectively. They are commonly used for the in-flight calibration during commissioning phase, but also for long-term monitoring. Second, the double difference accounts for frequency, Earth Incidence Angle, and orbital differences between platforms. Finally, conclusions can be drawn on the stability of the WTC.

Poster show times:

Room Start Date End Date
Mezzanine Tue, Nov 01 2022,17:15 Tue, Nov 01 2022,18:15
Mezzanine Thu, Nov 03 2022,14:00 Thu, Nov 03 2022,15:45
Marie-Laure Frery