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Assessment of geoid models offshore Western Australia using in-situ measurements


Deng, X and Coleman, R and Featherstone, WE and Ridgway, K, Assessment of geoid models offshore Western Australia using in-situ measurements, Journal of Coastal Research, 25, (3) pp. 581-588. ISSN 1551-5036 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.2112/07-0972


In Western Australia, coastal dynamics are influenced by a major ocean boundary current system, the Leeuwin Current, which is characterised by mesoscale features. To fully understand the Leeuwin Current using satellite altimeter measurements, we must have a precise (1–2 cm) and full-spatial-scale (100 km) geoid model. This paper focuses on a comparison between two mean dynamic ocean topography models derived from independent hydrographic climatologies, and an altimeter-observed mean sea surface referenced to recently released geoid models offshore of Western Australia (20S to 45S, 108E to 130E). The geoid models used include combined global geopotential models from the GRACE satellite mission and AUSGeoid98. The estimated mean dynamic ocean topography models are compared with independent dynamic ocean topography from CSIRO’s Atlas of Regional Seas (CARS) climatology. The results show that the EIGENGL04C and GGM02C  EGM96 global geopotential models to degree and order 360 give the best comparisons against CARS in the Leeuwin Current region, suggesting that they should be used in the future for computing ocean transport, surface current velocities, and dynamic topography, and be used as a reference field for future computations of regional marine geoid models.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Global geopotential model, AUSGeoid98, mean sea surface, dynamic ocean topography, CSIRO Atlas of Regional Seas (CARS)
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Physical oceanography
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Measurement and assessment of marine water quality and condition
UTAS Author:Coleman, R (Professor Richard Coleman)
ID Code:61685
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Centre for Marine Science
Deposited On:2010-03-05
Last Modified:2010-05-12

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