An Overview of Requirements, Procedures and Current Advances in the Calibration/Validation of Radar Altimeters

Quartly, GD; Chen, G; Nencioli, F; Morrow, R; Picot, N. 2021 An Overview of Requirements, Procedures and Current Advances in the Calibration/Validation of Radar Altimeters. Remote Sensing, 13 (1). 125. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13010125

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Abstract/Summary

Analysis of the radar echoes from a spaceborne altimeter gives information on sea surface height, wave height and windspeed, as well as other parameters over land and ice. The first spaceborne radar altimeter was pioneered on Skylab in 1974. Since then, there have been about 20 further missions, with several advances in the sophistication of hardware and complexity of processing with the aim of increased accuracy and precision. Because of that, the importance of regular and precise calibration and validation(“cal/val”) remains undiminished, especially with efforts to merge altimetric records from multiple missions spanning different domains and time periods. This special issue brings together 19 papers, with a focus on the recent missions (Jason-2, Jason-3, Sentinel-3A and HY-2B) as well as detailing the issues for anticipated future missions such as SWOT.This editorial provides a brief guide to the approaches and issues for cal/val of the various different derived parameters, including a synopsis of the papers in this special issue.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Additional Keywords: altimeter; microwave radiometer; calibration; validation; Sentinel-3A; Jason-3; sea level; wave height; wind speed; inland waters
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Earth Observation Science and Applications
Depositing User: S Hawkins
Date made live: 04 Jan 2021 15:22
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2021 15:22
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/9094

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