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2003 Images of the Month

Dec. 2003: Warm waters
Aftereffects of 2003 heat wave on the Mediterranean sea surface temperature, as seen by models assimilating altimetry
Nov. 2003: Aral Sea: nothing new under the Sun
The catastrophic shrinking of the Aral Sea level is continuing. However, this drying-up of the Aral Sea is not the first in History.
Oct. 2003: Black Sea forecasting
Altimeter measurements provide data for operational nowcasting and forecasting of the basin-scale circulation of the Black Sea.
Sep. 2003: Scaling the waves
Altimetry cannot give the wave heights every hour, but it is a good technique for identifying trends and gives some idea of the minimum and maximum heights.
Aug. 2003: Sea salt seen by altimeters
Since salinity along with temperature, determines the water density, it thus has an impact on ocean circulation, and thus can be estimated using altimetry
Jul. 2003: Currents steered by gaps in the ridges
Sea floor relief (or bathymetry) affects the sea surface topography
Jun. 2003: Combining sensors
Measurements at sea complete, extend and are used as reference with respect to space techniques
May 2003: Flying tandem
T/P - Jason-1 tandem shows the possibilities of a constellation of optimized altimetric satellites.
Apr. 2003: A looping current
The Loop Current enters the Gulf of Mexico between the Yucatan Peninsula and Cuba, and makes a loop. Sometimes, this loop breaks, and forms a lone eddy.
Mar. 2003: Africa's Great Lakes
Twelve African lakes can be monitored since 1992 from Topex/Poséidon
Feb. 2003: Ocean currents
Large scale ocean currents flow along the lines of equal dynamic topography
Jan. 2003: Altimetry and phytoplankton
Ocean color measurements are interesting for understanding phytoplankton life cycle, with respect to the physical parameters of the ocean when combined with altimetry.
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