A fiducial reference site for satellite altimetry in Crete, Greece

Stelios Mertikas, Craig Donlon, Constantin Mavrokordatos, Bojan Bojkov, Pierre Femenias, Tommaso Parrinello, Nicolas Picot, Jean Damien Desjonqueres, Ole Baltazar Andersen

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    Abstract

    With the advent of diverse satellite altimeters and variant measuring techniques, it has become mature in the scientific community, that an absolute reference Cal/Val site is regularly maintained to define, monitor, control the responses of any altimetric system. This work sets the ground for the establishment of a Fiducial Reference Site for ESA satellite altimetry in Gavdos and West Crete, Greece. It will consistently and reliably determine (a) absolute altimeter biases and their drifts; (b) relative bias among diverse missions; but also (c) continuously and independently connect different missions, on a common and reliable reference and also to SI-traceable measurements. Results from this fiducial reference site will be based on historic Cal/Val site measurement records, and will be the yardstick for building up capacity for monitoring climate change. This will be achieved by defining and assessing any satellite altimeter measurements to known, controlled and absolute reference signals with different techniques, processes and instrumentation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2016
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventESA Living Planet Symposium 2016 - Prague, Czech Republic
    Duration: 9 May 201613 May 2016
    http://lps16.esa.int/

    Conference

    ConferenceESA Living Planet Symposium 2016
    Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
    CityPrague
    Period09/05/201613/05/2016
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