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Remote Sens. 2015, 7(11), 14509-14529; doi:10.3390/rs71114509

Impact of Surface Waves on SWOT’s Projected Ocean Accuracy

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 4800 Oak Grove Dr., Pasadena, CA 91109, USA
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Received: 15 May 2015 / Revised: 9 October 2015 / Accepted: 22 October 2015 / Published: 4 November 2015
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Abstract

The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission being considered by NASA has, as one of its main objectives, to measure ocean topography with centimeter scale accuracy over kilometer scale spatial resolution. This paper investigates the impact of ocean waves on SWOT’s projected performance. Several effects will be examined: volumetric decorrelation, aliasing of ocean waves, backscattering modulation, and the so-called surfboard sampling. View Full-Text
Keywords: SWOT; radar interferometry; ocean waves; significant wave height; Ka band SWOT; radar interferometry; ocean waves; significant wave height; Ka band
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Peral, E.; Rodríguez, E.; Esteban-Fernández, D. Impact of Surface Waves on SWOT’s Projected Ocean Accuracy. Remote Sens. 2015, 7, 14509-14529.

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