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Ongoing Development of the Bass Strait GNSS/INS Buoy System for Altimetry Validation in Preparation for SWOT


Zhou, B and Watson, CS and Legresy, B and King, MA and Beardsley, J, Ongoing Development of the Bass Strait GNSS/INS Buoy System for Altimetry Validation in Preparation for SWOT, Remote Sensing, 15, (1) Article 287. ISSN 2072-4292 (2023) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3390/rs15010287


GNSS equipped buoys remain an important tool in altimetry validation. Progressive advances in altimetry missions require associated development in such validation tools. In this paper, we enhanced an existing buoy approach and gained further understanding of the buoy dynamics based on in situ observations. First, we implemented the capability to separate the ambiguity fixing strategy for different constellations in the processing software TRACK. A comparison between GPS and GNSS solutions suggested up to 3 cm reduction in the root mean square of the buoy minus co-located mooring SSH residuals over the selected sidereal periods. Then, comparison between double differencing and precise point positioning solutions suggested a possible common mode error external to GNSS processing. To assess buoy performance in different ocean conditions and sea states, GNSS and INS observations were used during periods where external forcings (waves, current and wind) were not interacting substantially. For the deployments investigated, no significant relationship was found, noting the maximum significant wave height and current velocity was ~2.3 m and ~0.3 m/s, respectively. In the lead up to the validation required for the SWOT mission, these results place important bounds on the performance of the buoy design under real operating conditions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Altimetry Validation; GNSS/INS buoy
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geophysics
Research Field:Geodesy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in engineering
UTAS Author:Zhou, B (Mr Boye Zhou)
UTAS Author:Watson, CS (Dr Christopher Watson)
UTAS Author:Legresy, B (Dr Benoit Legresy)
UTAS Author:King, MA (Professor Matt King)
UTAS Author:Beardsley, J (Mr Jack Beardsley)
ID Code:155070
Year Published:2023
Deposited By:Physics
Deposited On:2023-01-25
Last Modified:2023-01-25

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