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Sensors 2006, 6(3), 100-130;

Envisat Ocean Altimetry Performance Assessment and Cross-calibration

Collecte Localisation Satellite (CLS), 8-10 rue Hermès, 31526 Ramonville St-Agne, France
Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), DCT/PO/AL BPI 2002, 18, Av. Edouard Belin 31401 Toulouse Cedex 9, France
European Space Agency, EO Ground Segment Department, ESA/ESRIN EOP-GOQ, Via Galileo Galilei CP64, Frascati, Italy
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Received: 16 September 2005 / Accepted: 21 February 2006 / Published: 3 March 2006
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Satellite Altimetry: New Sensors and New Application)
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Nearly three years of Envisat altimetric observations over ocean are available inGeophysical Data Record (GDR) products. The quality assessment of these data is routinelyperformed at the CLS Space Oceanography Division in the frame of the CNES Segment SolAltimétrie et Orbitographie (SSALTO) and ESA French Processing and Archiving Center(F-PAC) activities. This paper presents the main results in terms of Envisat data quality:verification of data availability and validity, monitoring of the most relevant altimeter(ocean1 retracking) and radiometer parameters, assessment of the Envisat altimeter systemperformances. This includes a cross-calibration analysis of Envisat data with Jason-1, ERS-2 and T/P. Envisat data show good general quality. A good orbit quality and a low level ofnoise allow Envisat to reach the high level of accuracy of other precise missions such as T/Pand Jason-1. Some issues raised in this paper, as the gravity induced orbit errors, will besolved in the next version of GDR products. Some others, as the Envisat Mean Sea Level inthe first year, still need further investigation. View Full-Text
Keywords: altimetry; calibration/validation; sea level. altimetry; calibration/validation; sea level.
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Faugere, Y.; Dorandeu, J.; Lefevre, F.; Picot, N.; Femenias, P. Envisat Ocean Altimetry Performance Assessment and Cross-calibration. Sensors 2006, 6, 100-130.

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