Topex/Poseidon Altimetry and Dynamics of the Ocean-Atmosphere System

Edited: 2011-10-17
TitleTopex/Poseidon Altimetry and Dynamics of the Ocean-Atmosphere System
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsBurša, M., J. Kouba, V. Vatrt, V. Vítek, and M. Vojtíšková
JournalStudia Geophysica et Geodaetica
Pagination1 - 12
Date Published01/2000
Keywordsatmospheric_pressure, processing, sea_level
AbstractThe T/P altimeter data 1993 – 1997 (cycles 11 – 194) has been analyzed with emphases on seasonal variations in sea surface topography (SST). The amplitude of the annual variations amounted to (5.9±0.3) mm when inverted barometer (IB) corrections were applied and (2.0±0.4) mm without any IB corrections. The amplitude of the semi-annual variations in SST was small with IB corrections applied: (0.6±0.3) mm. However, when no IB corrections were applied, it was (1.8±0.4) mm, i.e. the semiannual variations are at the same level as the annual variations with no IB corrections. The phase angle offset of the annual term has shifted by about 180° when IB correction was applied. The dynamics of the ocean-atmosphere system is discussed and it is concluded that it could, at least partly, be responsible for the above observed effects.