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on the choice of orbits for an altimetric satellite to study ocean circulation and tidesThe choice of an orbit for satellite altimetric studies of the ocean's circulation and tides requires an understanding of the orbital characteristics that influence the accuracy of the satellite's measurements of sea level and the temporal and spatial distribution of the measurements. The orbital characteristics that influence accurate calculations of the satellite's position as a function of time are examined, and the pattern of ground tracks laid down on the ocean's surface as a function of the satellite's altitude and inclination is studied. The results are used to examine the aliases in the measurements of surface geostrophic currents and tides. Finally, these considerations are used to specify possible orbits that may be useful for the upcoming Topex/Poseidon mission.
Document ID
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Parke, Michael E.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Stewart, Robert H.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Farless, David L.
(California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, United States)
Cartwright, David E.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD; Institute of Oceanographic Sciences, Wormley, United Kingdom)
Date Acquired
August 13, 2013
Publication Date
October 15, 1987
Publication Information
Publication: Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume: 92
ISSN: 0148-0227
Subject Category
Distribution Limits