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calibration of ocean wave measurements by the topex, jason-1, and jason-2 satellitesThe calibration and validation of ocean wave height measurements by the TOPEX, Jason-1, and Jason-2 satellite altimeters is addressed by comparing the measurements internally among them- selves and against independent wave measurements at moored buoys. The two six-month verification campaigns, when two of the satellites made near-simultaneous measurements along the same ground track, are invaluable for such work and reveal subtle aspects that otherwise might go undetected. The two Jason satellites are remarkably consistent; Topex reports waves generally 1-2% larger. External calibration is complicated by some systematic errors in the buoy data. We confirm a recent report by Durrant et al. that Canadian buoys underestimate significant wave heights by about 10% relative to U.S. buoys. Wave heights from all three altimetric satellites require scaling upwards by 5 6% to be consistent with U.S. buoys.
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Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Ray, Richard D.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Beckley, B. D.
(Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (SGT, Inc.) Greenbelt, MD, United States)
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August 27, 2013
Publication Date
December 15, 2012
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