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On the satellite altimeter crossover problem


van Gysen, H and Coleman, R, On the satellite altimeter crossover problem, Journal of Geodesy, 71, (2) pp. 83-96. ISSN 0949-7714 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/s001900050077


Mean sea surface heights and residual radial orbit errors are estimated simultaneously in a single global crossover adjustment of multiple cycles of satellite altimetry data, The rank defect inherent in the estimation problem is explicitly identified and treated in various ways to give solutions that minimise (in norm) either orbit errors or mean sea surface heights, The rank defect gives rise to geographically correlated orbit error, consisting of those components of the orbit error or those components of the map of sea surface heights which fall within the nullspace of the estimation problem and which cannot be distinguished as orbit error or ocean signal. We show that, in the case of TOPEX/ POSEIDON data, the geographically correlated error consists largely of long-wavelength and long-period sea surface fluctuations, which in the past has often been assigned as orbit error.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Physical oceanography
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Natural hazards
Objective Field:Natural hazards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Coleman, R (Professor Richard Coleman)
ID Code:10649
Year Published:1997
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-11

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