Jason-2 in DUACS: Updated System Description, First Tandem Results and Impact on Processing and Products

Type Article
Date 2011
Language English
Author(s) Dibarboure G.1, Pujol M. -I.1, Briol F.1, Le Traon Pierre-Yves2, Larnicol Gilles1, Picot Nicolas3, Mertz F.1, Ablain M.1
Affiliation(s) 1 : CLS, Space Oceanog Div, F-31520 Ramonville St Agne, France.
2 : IFREMER, Plouzane, France.
3 : Ctr Natl Etud Spatiales, F-31055 Toulouse, France.
Source Marine Geodesy (0149-0419) (Taylor & Francis Inc), 2011 , Vol. 34 , N. 3-4 , P. 214-241
DOI 10.1080/01490419.2011.584826
WOS© Times Cited 78
Keyword(s) Jason-2, DUACS, multimission, altimetry, DFS, cross-calibration, reference mission, Jason tandem
Abstract For more than 13 years, the multisatellite DUACS system has been providing the altimetry community with Near Real Time and Delayed Time products ranging from reduced GDR (also known as CorrSSH) to along-track Sea Level Anomalies (SLA) and multimission Maps of Sea Level Anomalies (MSLA). A post-Jason-2 description of the DUACS system is given, with input data, processing and products, and a focus on the DT-2010 reprocessing involving a total of almost 60 years worth of altimetry data from GEOSAT to Jason-2. Less than one month after launch, Jason-2 proved to be a strong asset for multisatellite applications as it was able to replace Jason-1 as the reference mission in DUACS. Furthermore, the new Jason-2/Jason-1 tandem configuration provides an unprecedented duo for mesoscale and circulation observation. More generally, the quality of Jason-2 has a large impact in DUACS on a number of fronts: in the continuity of the reference mission for climate applications exploiting DUACS products, in the new multi-reference orbit error reduction scheme, or for new metrics derived from a Degrees of Freedom of Signal analysis applied to the multimission mapping. This paper gives an overview of the many impacts of the integration of Jason-2 into DUACS.
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