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karin: the ka-band radar interferometer for the proposed surface water and ocean topography (swot) missionOver the last two decades, several nadir profiling radar altimeters have provided our first global look at the ocean basin-scale circulation and the ocean mesoscale at wavelengths longer than 100 km. Due to sampling limitations, nadir altimetry is unable to resolve the small wavelength ocean mesoscale and sub-mesoscale that are responsible for the vertical mixing of ocean heat and gases and the dissipation of kinetic energy from large to small scales. The proposed Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission would be a partnership between NASA, CNES (Centre National d'Etudes Spaciales) and the Canadian Space Agency, and would have as one of its main goals the measurement of ocean topography with kilometer-scale spatial resolution and centimeter scale accuracy. In this paper, we provide an overview of all ocean error sources that would contribute to the SWOT mission.


Document ID
20150007763
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
External Source(s)
Authors
Esteban-Fernandez, Daniel
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Peral, Eva
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
McWatters, Dalia
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Pollard, Brian
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Rodriguez, Ernesto
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Hughes, Richard
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
May 8, 2015
Publication Date
July 21, 2013
Subject Category
Earth Resources and Remote Sensing
Geosciences (General)
Meeting Information
IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2013)(Melbourne)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
Ka-Band Radar Interferometer (KaRIn) instrument
Wide Swath Ocean Altimeter (WSOA)