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18.11.2009 14:49 Age: 11 yrs

A document on the next 15 years of satellite altimetry

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A User Requirement Document on the Next 15 Years of Satellite Altimetry has just been published. It recalls the history of satellite altimetry, details the user requirements for the numerous research fields, provides a context for the definition of requirements for altimetry missions in the future, etc

Initiated by Eumetsat and Noaa, the report The Next 15 Years of Satellite Altimetry: Ocean Surface Topography Constellation User Requirements Document (pdf) has just been published.

The document recalls the history of satellite altimetry, contains a thorough analysis of the user requirements stemming from the numerous research fields, operational applications and services which benefit from altimetry data.

This report also summarizes specific requirements, targets and overall guidance at mission level regarding constellation mission definition, calibration/validation, data management, as well as at altimetry system level as regards sampling characteristics, performance and error budget.

It is intended to provide a context for the definition of requirements for specific altimetry missions in the future, including those for Jason-3.

 Further information:

  • Eumetsat feature: The Next 15 Years of Satellite Altimetry, 2009/10/13
  • Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) website : The Next 15 Years of Satellite Altimetry: Ocean Surface Topography Constellation User Requirements Document (pdf)

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