Accession Number : ADA304889

Title :   Warfighting Contributions of the Geosat Follow-On Altimeter.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL RESEARCH LAB STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS OCEAN MONITORING AND PREDICTION S ECTION

Personal Author(s) : Jacobs, Gregg A. ; Carnes, Michael R. ; Fox, Daniel N. ; Hurburt, Harley E. ; Rhodes, Robert C.

PDF Url : ADA304889

Report Date : 09 FEB 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : The Geosat Follow On altimeter will provide valuable information to the warfighter on scene. This real time knowledge of the ocean environment is critical to making intelligent decisions in the field. In particular, the acoustic environment depends on the synoptic mesoscale density distribution which is retrievable from the altimeter. Surface geostrophic currents are inferred from the altimeter data, and these allow calculation of mine drift paths. Altimeter data also provides key data for forecasting tidally generated heights and currents throughout the world. For numerical ocean models, it represents the most useful source of operational oceanic data for nowcasting and forecasting of ocean frontal locations, meandering currents and mesoscale eddies as well as larger scale oceanic analysis.

Descriptors :   *ALTIMETERS, *HEIGHT FINDING, *MILITARY OCEANOGRAPHY, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, DECISION MAKING, REAL TIME, DRIFT, NAVIGATION SATELLITES, UNDERWATER ACOUSTICS, OCEAN MODELS, OCEAN ENVIRONMENTS, GEOSTROPHIC CURRENTS, REMOTE DETECTION.

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE