Toward science-oriented validations of coastal altimetry: Application to the Ligurian Sea

Type Article
Date 2019-04
Language English
Author(s) Meloni M.1, Bouffard J.2, Doglioli A.M.3, Petrenko A.A.3, Valladeau G.4
Affiliation(s) 1 : Serco, Via Sciadonna n.24, Frascati, Italy
2 : ESA (European Space Agency), Earth Observation Directorate, Via Galileo Galilei, 2–00044 Frascati, Italy
3 : Aix Marseille Univ., Université de Toulon, CNRS, IRD, MIO UM 110, 13288, Marseille, France
4 : CLS (Collecte Localisation Satellites), 11 Rue Hermes, 31520 Ramonville-Saint-Agne, France
Source Remote Sensing Of Environment (0034-4257) (Elsevier BV), 2019-04 , Vol. 224 , P. 275-288
DOI 10.1016/j.rse.2019.01.028
WOS© Times Cited 7
Keyword(s) Coastal altimetry, Mesoscale, Validation and verification, Northern current

This study is a preliminary contribution to the European Space Agency's efforts aimed at establishing reference in situ networks specifically targeted to validate coastal altimetry. For this purpose, we processed and cross-compared conjointly improved altimetry data and in situ measurements acquired over the Ligurian Sea – a coastal region of the Mediterranean characterised by complex, fine-scale and rapidly evolving oceanic features. We made use of several kinds of multi-sensor in situ observations located along SARAL and Jason-2 tracks. The main objectives of the study were to assess improved coastal oriented validation strategies, including the usage of a new in situ platform (Moving Vessel Profiler), while better understanding potential differences owing to physical content inconsistency and instrumental or data processing limitations. The results show remarkable agreements over spatial scales of few tens of kilometres, paving the way for the deployment of future in situ networks and the definition of science-oriented diagnostics targeted to assess the capability of present and future high-resolution altimetric missions in resolving small-scale physical features.

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