HY-2 was launched by China on August 2011, which has provided continuous wave height measurements to monitor ocean dynamic environments for more than 5 years. Before using these data, however, the measurements need to be validated. Based on the in situ buoy data from the National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) and the Jason-2 altimeter data, the HY-2 Ku-band significant wave height (SWH) measurements were validated. The comparisons showed that a linear regression with NDBC measurements can be used to improve the accuracy of the HY-2 SWH measurements. Compared with the NDBC SWH data, the validation results of the HY-2 SWH data show an RMS (root mean square) of 0.33 m, which is similar to that of the Jason-1 and Jason-2 data; the RMS of the HY-2 SWH is 0.30 m, which, corrected via linear regression, is similar to that of the corrected Jason-1 and Jason-2 data (0.27 m and 0.23 m, respectively). Therefore, the accuracy of the HY-2 SWH products is close to that of the Jason-1/2 SWH data.
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