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Precise orbit computation and sea surface modelingThe research project described below is part of a long-term program at Delft University of Technology aiming at the application of European Remote Sensing satellite (ERS-1) and TOPEX/POSEIDON altimeter measurements for geophysical purposes. This program started in 1980 with the processing of Seasat laser range and altimeter height measurements and concentrates today on the analysis of Geosat altimeter data. The objectives of the TOPEX/POSEIDON research project are the tracking of the satellite by the Dutch mobile laser tracking system MTLRS-2, the computation of precise TOPEX/POSEIDON orbits, the analysis of the spatial and temporal distribution of the orbit errors, the improvement of ERS-1 orbits through the information obtained from the altimeter crossover difference residuals for crossing ERS-1 and TOPEX/POSEIDON tracks, the combination of ERS-1 and TOPEX/POSEIDON altimeter data into a single high-precision data set, and the application of this data set to model the sea surface. The latter application will focus on the determination of detailed regional mean sea surfaces, sea surface variability, ocean topography, and ocean currents in the North Atlantic, the North Sea, the seas around Indonesia, the West Pacific, and the oceans around South Africa.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
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Wakker, Karel F.
(Technische Univ. Delft, Netherlands)
Ambrosius, B. A. C.
(Technische Univ. Delft, Netherlands)
Rummel, R.
(Technische Univ. Delft, Netherlands)
Vermaat, E.
(Technische Univ. Delft, Netherlands)
Deruijter, W. P. M.
(Utrecht State Univ. Netherlands)
Vandermade, J. W.
(Rijkswaterstaat Delft, Netherlands)
Zimmerman, J. T. F.
(Nederlands Inst. voor Onderzoek der Zee Texel., United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1991
Publication Information
Publication: JPL, TOPEX(Poseidon Science Investigations Plan
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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