Accession Number:

ADA371871

Title:

Navy Altimeter Data Requirements.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS

Report Date:

1999-11-10

Pagination or Media Count:

24.0

Abstract:

Navy requirements for altimeter data are driven mainly by the operational systems for mesoscale ocean circulation monitoring and acoustic prediction. Specification of requirements also considers development toward future systems that will provide tidal height and currents, regional circulation in semienclosed basins, and wave heights. We provide a short synopsis of present systems for describing the ocean environment based on altimeter data. Typical mesoscale time and length scales, determined from historical altimeter data, guide the specification of time and space resolution requirements for future altimeter systems. Accuracy requirements are based on the propagation of sea surface height errors into environmental estimates of the three-dimensional temperature and salinity fields and effects on sonar performance.

Subject Categories:

  • Flight Control and Instrumentation
  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE