Satellite remote sensing, in particular by radar altimetry, is a crucial technique for observations of the ocean surface and of many aspects of land surfaces, and of paramount importance for climate and environmental studies. This book provides a state-of-the-art overview of the satellite altimetry techniques and related missions, and reviews the most-up-to date applications to ocean dynamics and sea level. It also discusses related space-based observations of the ocean surface and of the marine geoid, as well as applications of satellite altimetry to the cryosphere and land surface waters; operational oceanography and its applications to navigation, fishing and defense.
Preface. Editors. Contributors. Satellite Radar Altimetry: Principle, Accuracy, and Precision. Wide-Swath Altimetry: A Review. In Situ Observations Needed to Complement, Validate, and Interpret Satellite Altimetry. Auxiliary Space-Based Systems for Interpreting Satellite Altimetry: Satellite Gravity. A 25-Year Satellite Altimetry-Based Global Mean Sea Level Record: Closure of the Sea Level Budget and Missing Components. Monitoring and Interpreting Mid-Latitude Oceans by Satellite Altimetry. Monitoring and Interpreting the Tropical Oceans by Satellite Altimetry. The High Latitude Seas and Arctic Ocean. The Southern Ocean. Ocean Eddies and Mesoscale Variability. Satellite Altimetry in Coastal Regions. Monitoring Waves and Surface Winds by Satellite Altimetry: Applications. Tides and Satellite Altimetry. Hydrological Applications of Satellite Altimetry: Rivers, Lakes, Man-Made Reservoirs, Inundated Areas. Applications of Satellite Altimetry to Study the Antarctic Ice Sheet. Advances in Imaging Small-Scale Seafloor and Sub-Seafloor Tectonic Fabric Using Satellite Altimetry. Ocean Modeling and Data Assimilation in the Context of Satellite Altimetry. Use of Satellite Altimetry for Operational Oceanography.Index.