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Oceanic geoid and tides derived from GEOS 3 satellite data in the Northwestern Atlantic OceanTwo sets of GEOS 3 altimeter data which fall within about a 2.5-deg width are analyzed for ocean geoid and tides. One set covers a path from Newfoundland to Cuba, and the other a path from Puerto Rico to the North Carolina coast. Forty different analyses using various parameters are performed in order to investigate convergence. Profiles of the geoid and four tides, M2, O1, S2, and K1, are derived along the two strips. While the analyses produced convergent solutions for all 40 cases, the uncertainty caused by the linear orbital bias error of the satellite is too large to claim that the solutions represent the true ocean tides in the area. A spot check of the result with the Mode deep-sea tide gauge data shows poor agreement. A positive conclusion of this study is that despite the uncertain orbital error the oceanic geoid obtained through this analysis can improve significantly the short-wavelength structure over existing spherical harmonic geoid models.
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Won, I. J.
(North Carolina State University Raleigh, N.C., United States)
Miller, L. S.
(Applied Science Associates, Inc. Apex, N.C., United States)
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August 9, 2013
Publication Date
July 30, 1979
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Publication: Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume: 84
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