Improved satellite altimetry in coastal systems: Case study of the Corsica Channel (Mediterranean Sea)

S. Vignudelli, P. Cipollini, L. Roblou, F. Lyard, G.P. Gasparini, G. Manzella, M. Astraldi

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The fidelity of corrections and processing are critical for a realistic use of official altimetric products close to the coast. A new processing strategy, which starts from the TOPEX/Poseidon GDRs with the addition of improved corrective terms, is proposed and evaluated in the area of the Corsica Channel. Sea level anomalies agree with the coincident sea truth (bottom pressure and tide gauge) within 2-3 cm rms for seasonal and longer time scales. Analysis for almost ten years of coincident mooring and altimetric velocities shows that a substantial reduction of uncertainty to ∼4 cm s-1 may be possible after reasonable filtering of the noise introduced by more variable coastal sea surface states. The conclusion is that the altimetry success is still limited to seasonal time scales, and provided that the oceanographic signal ensures an adequate signature to be isolated from background noise. Copyright 2005 by the American Geophysical Union.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 5
Number of pages5
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2005
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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Vignudelli, S., Cipollini, P., Roblou, L., Lyard, F., Gasparini, G. P., Manzella, G., & Astraldi, M. (2005). Improved satellite altimetry in coastal systems: Case study of the Corsica Channel (Mediterranean Sea). Geophysical Research Letters, 32(7), 1 - 5.