How Operational Oceanography can Benefit from Dynamic Topography Estimates as Derived from Altimetry and Improved Geoid

  • P. Y. Le Traon
  • F. Hernandez
  • M. H. Rio
  • F. Davidson
Part of the Space Sciences Series of ISSI book series (SSSI, volume 17)


With a precise geoid, GOCE will allow an estimation of absolute dynamic topography from altimetry. The projected benefits to operational oceanography arid its applications are analyzed herein. Alter a brief overview of operational oceanography. we explain how the new geoids will be used in the future to improve real time altimeter products and to better constrain modelling and data assimilation systems. A signilleant impact is expected both for mesoscale (e.g. better estimations and forecasts of currents for pollution monitoring, marine safety. offshore industry) and climate (better initialization of coupled ocean/atmosphere models) applications.


Data Assimilation Satellite Altimetry Western Boundary Current Geoid Model Mean Dynamic Topography 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Y. Le Traon
    • 1
  • F. Hernandez
    • 1
  • M. H. Rio
    • 1
  • F. Davidson
    • 1
  1. 1.CLS Space Oceanography DivisionRamonville st AgneFrance

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