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In situ Absolute Calibration and Validation - A link from Coastal to Open-Ocean Altimetry

Watson, CS, Bonnefond, P and Haines, B 2011 , 'In situ Absolute Calibration and Validation - A link from Coastal to Open-Ocean Altimetry', in Coastal Altimetry , Springer, Heidelberg, pp. 261-293.

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The observation ofrising mean sea levels over the Earth's oceans using satellite altimetry
has helped infolID and shape the debate on global climate change that has emerged over the
last 2 decades (Cazenave and Nerem 2004; Bindoff et al. 2007). The ongoing monitoring of
secular changes in global mean sea level with accuracy tolerances of better than I nun/year
remains a fundamental science goal within satellite altimetl), and represents one of the most
challenging objectives in space geodesy. Central to this objective has been the recognition
that calibration and validation (cal/val) are vital components of the altimeter measurement
system technique. Cal/val defines a multidisciplinary problem in and of itself, which pushes
the limits of available ten'estrial, oceanographic, and space-based observational techniques.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Watson, CS and Bonnefond, P and Haines, B
Publisher: Springer
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