Accession Number : ADP002653

Title :   Oceanic Mesoscale Variability and General Circulation from Satellite Altimetry: A Status Report,


Personal Author(s) : Fu,L. L.

Report Date : 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : Progress on the applications of satellite altimetry from Seasat and Geos-3 to the study of oceanic mesoscale variability and general circulation is reviewed. The major conclusion for the applications to mesoscale variability is that an optimally designed altimetric mission with a lifetime of several years will improve our knowledge of the global mesoscale variability to an extent unattainable by any other practical means. The proposed Topex mission will allow one to view the global oceanic variability in such a wide range of periods and wavelengths: from 20 days to 3-5 years; from 50 to 10,000 km. However, the goal of determining the general circulation cannot be achieved by a single altimetric mission, because a highly accurate geoid needs to be determined independently. The scenario of the combination of Topex with Gravsat, a gravity mission that will give accurate geoid information, will allow the global general circulation to be determined at scales as small as 100 km. Areas of research needing to be performed with existing altimeter data are also discussed.

Descriptors :   *Sea level, Ocean surface, Height, Determination, Radio altimeters, Artificial satellites, Variations, Oceans, Circulation, Ocean currents, Symposia

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