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Intercomparison between retracked sea levels from SARAL/AltiKa satellite altimetry and ocean data model over the maginal seas at the South East Asia

Mohammed, S. B. and Idris, N. H. and Idris, N. H. (2016) Intercomparison between retracked sea levels from SARAL/AltiKa satellite altimetry and ocean data model over the maginal seas at the South East Asia. International Journal of Geoinformatics, 12 (2). pp. 27-32. ISSN 1686-6576

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Abstract

In this paper, comparison between retracked sea levels from SARAL/AltiKa satellite altimetry with the data model from the Coriolis Data Centre is performed. The study focuses on the Marginal Seas at the South East Asia, which includes the Straits of Malacca, the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea. The SARAL/AltiKa sea level is based on the standard ocean (i.e. Maximum Likelihood\ MLE4) retracker. The analysis is performed by computing the correlation coefficient and root mean square (RMS) error during the north-east and southwest monsoon seasons in 2014-2015. In comparison with the data model, both datasets have high (≥0.8) correlation coefficient and low (≤61 cm) RMS error over the South China Sea during both monsoon seasons. In contrast, the Sulu Sea has low (<0.5) correlation and high (≥56 cm) RMS error during both seasons. It can be concluded that the accuracy of the datasets really depends on the coastal topography of the ocean region itself More complex regions have greater influence on the altimetry observations, thus reducing the accuracy of the estimations.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:accuracy assessment, error analysis, monsoon, satellite altimetry, sea level, Pacific Ocean, South China Sea, Strait of Malacca, Sulu Sea
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G109.5 Global Positioning System
Divisions:Geoinformation and Real Estate
ID Code:74364
Deposited By: Widya Wahid
Deposited On:30 Nov 2017 07:58
Last Modified:30 Nov 2017 07:58

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