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TOPEX/POSEIDON Science Investigations PlanTOPEX/POSEIDON is a satellite mission that will use the technique of radar altimetry to make precise measurement of sea level with a primary goal of studying the global ocean circulation. The mission represents the culmination of the development of satellite altimetry over the past two decades. The major thrust of the mission is a commitment to measuring seal level with an unprecedented accuracy such that the small-amplitude, basinwide sea level changes that bear significant effects on global change can be detected. The mission will be conducted jointly by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the French space agency, Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales. The 3- to 5-year mission will study the long-term mean and variability of ocean circulation. This document provides brief descriptions of the planned investigations as well as a summary of the major elements of the mission.
Document ID
Document Type
Other - Collected Works
Fulton, David
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1991
Subject Category
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.26:190616
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Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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