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1. chinaXiv:201605.00287 [pdf]

CALIBRATION COMPAIGNS OF THE HY-2A SATELLITE ALTIMETER SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT BY A GNSS BUOY

Xu, Xi-Yu; Hua, Shen; Ke, Xu
Subjects: Geosciences >> Space Physics

GNSS buoys are innovative ocean instruments, and can provide calibrations of the sea surface height and significant wave height (SWH) products of satellite altimeters. This paper investigated the principles of the wave retrieval by GNSS buoys, and proposed a method of calibration of altimeter SWH product by GNSS buoys. The error sources in the calibration procedure were analyzed. Ocean calibration campaigns were implemented to measure the SWH at the HY-2 altimeter nadir points, and acquired a SWH bias of +7.92 +/- 5.04 cm using four-parameters retracking algorithm. The SWH bias was +20.37 +/- 12.79 cm base on the HY-2 operational SWH products. The calibration campaigns showed that, GNSS buoys could serve for the satellite altimeter SWH calibration under low sea state condition, and the four-parameters retracking algorithm outperformed the conventional three-parameters retracking algorithm in accuracy and consistency, at least for SWH retrieving.

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2. chinaXiv:201605.00285 [pdf]

A DEMONSTRATION EXPERIMENT OF AN NEW-GENERATION AIRBORNE ALTIMETER IN-SITU ABSOLUTE CALIBRATION SUITE

Xu, Xi-Yu; Ke, Xu; Hua, Shen; Wang, Zhen-Zhan; Liu, Ya-Long
Subjects: Geosciences >> Space Physics

An airborne delay Doppler altimeter was flown in autumn 2014. A calibration suite including a GNSS buoy, two tide gauges and two GPS stations were established. An experiment was carried out to test the GNSS buoy as a whole under dynamic ocean condition, to validate its performance and accuracy via the inter-comparison of tide gauges, and to demonstrate the altimetry calibration methods and to estimate the altimeter system bias. This paper presented some methods and results. The GNSS buoy system was proven to have the ability of measuring the sea surface height within 1cm, and the altimeter system bias had a consistency of centimeter level.

submitted time 2016-05-03 Hits230Downloads156 Comment 0

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