Using high sampling rate (10/20Hz) altimeter data for the observation of coastal surface currents: A case study over the northwestern Mediterranean Sea. Birol, F. and Delebecque, C. 129:318–333.
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Satellite altimetry, measuring sea surface heights (SSHs), has unique capabilities to provide information about the ocean dynamics. In this paper, the skill of the original full rate (10/20Hz) measurements, relative to conventional 1-Hz data, is evaluated in the context of coastal studies in the Northwestern Mediterranean Sea. The performance and the question of the measurement noise are quantified through a comparison with different tide gauge sea level time series. By applying a specific processing, closer than 30km to the land, the number of valid data is higher for the 10/20-Hz than for the 1-Hz observations: +4.5% for T/P, +10.3 for Jason-1 and +13% for Jason-2. By filtering higher sampling rate measurements (using a 30-km cut-off low-pass Lanczos filter), we can obtain the same level of sea level accuracy as we would using the classical 1-Hz altimeter data. The gain in near-shore data results in a better observation of the Liguro–Provençal–Catalan Current. The seasonal evolution of the currents derived from 20-Hz data is globally consistent with patterns derived from the corresponding 1-Hz observations. But the use of higher frequency altimeter measurements allows us to observe the variability of the regional flow closer to the coast (\textasciitilde10–15km from land).
@article{birol_using_2014,
	title = {Using high sampling rate (10/20Hz) altimeter data for the observation of coastal surface currents: A case study over the northwestern Mediterranean Sea},
	volume = {129},
	issn = {0924-7963},
	url = {http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0924796313001619},
	doi = {10.1016/j.jmarsys.2013.07.009},
	shorttitle = {Using high sampling rate (10/20Hz) altimeter data for the observation of coastal surface currents},
	abstract = {Satellite altimetry, measuring sea surface heights ({SSHs}), has unique capabilities to provide information about the ocean dynamics. In this paper, the skill of the original full rate (10/20Hz) measurements, relative to conventional 1-Hz data, is evaluated in the context of coastal studies in the Northwestern Mediterranean Sea. The performance and the question of the measurement noise are quantified through a comparison with different tide gauge sea level time series. By applying a specific processing, closer than 30km to the land, the number of valid data is higher for the 10/20-Hz than for the 1-Hz observations: +4.5\% for T/P, +10.3 for Jason-1 and +13\% for Jason-2. By filtering higher sampling rate measurements (using a 30-km cut-off low-pass Lanczos filter), we can obtain the same level of sea level accuracy as we would using the classical 1-Hz altimeter data. The gain in near-shore data results in a better observation of the Liguro–Provençal–Catalan Current. The seasonal evolution of the currents derived from 20-Hz data is globally consistent with patterns derived from the corresponding 1-Hz observations. But the use of higher frequency altimeter measurements allows us to observe the variability of the regional flow closer to the coast ({\textasciitilde}10–15km from land).},
	pages = {318--333},
	journaltitle = {Journal of Marine Systems},
	shortjournal = {Journal of Marine Systems},
	author = {Birol, Florence and Delebecque, Caroline},
	urldate = {2019-04-17},
	date = {2014-01-01},
	keywords = {Satellite altimetry, North-western Mediterranean Sea, Coastal currents, Data processing, {LPC} current, Signal-to-noise ratio}
}
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