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(abstract) TOPEX/Poseidon: Four Years of Synoptic Oceanography

Show simple item record Fu, Lee-Lueng en_US 2004-09-30T23:25:14Z 2004-09-30T23:25:14Z 1996-12-15 en_US
dc.identifier.citation SAn Francisco, CA en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 96-1398 en_US
dc.description.abstract Exceeding all expectations of measurement precision and accuracy, the US/France TOPEX/Poseidon satellite mission is now in its 5th year. Returning more than 98 percent of the altimetric data, the measured global geocentric height of the sea surface has provided unprecedented opportunities to address a host of scientific problems ranging from the dynamics of ocean circulation to the distribution of internal tidal energy. Scientific highlights of this longest-running altimetric satellite mission include improvements in our understanding of the dynamics and thermodynamics of the large-scale ocean variability, such as, the properties of planetary waves; the energetics of basin-wide gyres; the heat budget of the ocean; and the ocean's response to wind forcing. For the first time, oceanographers have quantitative descriptions of a dynamic variable of the physical state of the global oceans available in near-real-time. en_US
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dc.subject.other oceanography planetary waves wind forcing sea-surface height ocean circulation gyres heat budgets oceans altimetric data TOPEX/Poseidon tidal energy en_US
dc.title (abstract) TOPEX/Poseidon: Four Years of Synoptic Oceanography en_US

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