AVISO: Satellite derived Sea Surface Height above Geoid

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AVISO: Satellite derived  Sea Surface Height above Geoid
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The sea surface height relative to the geoid (the mean ocean surface of the Earth if the ocean is at rest) is derived from TOPEX/Poseidon, Envisat, Jason-1, and OSTM/Jason-2 altimetry measurements. Altimetry is a technique for measuring height. Satellite altimetry measures the time taken by a radar pulse to travel from the satellite antenna to the surface and back to the satellite receiver. Combined with precise satellite location data, altimetry measurements yield sea-surface heights. This AVISO dataset was created by binning and averaging monthly values on 1 degree grids.

AVISO stands for "Archiving, Validation and Interpretation of Satellite Oceanographic data".

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National Center for Atmospheric Research Staff (Eds). Last modified "The Climate Data Guide: AVISO: Satellite derived Sea Surface Height above Geoid.” Retrieved from https://climatedataguide.ucar.edu/climate-data/aviso-satellite-derived-sea-surface-height-above-geoid on 2024-05-30.

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Acknowledgement of the Climate Data Guide project is also appreciated:

Schneider, D. P., C. Deser, J. Fasullo, and K. E. Trenberth, 2013: Climate Data Guide Spurs Discovery and Understanding. Eos Trans. AGU, 94, 121–122, https://doi.org/10.1002/2013eo130001

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AVISO: Sea surface height above Geoid; number of observations and the standard error (November, 1996). [Climate Data Guide; D. Shea]

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satellite radar pulses

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Missing data present
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1°x1° (Obs4MIPS & JPL)

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