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COMMUNITY WHITE PAPER10.5270/OceanObs09.cwp.16

The Role of Altimetry in Coastal Observing Systems

Paolo Cipollini(1), Jérôme Benveniste(2), Jérôme Bouffard(3), William Emery(4), Luciana Fenoglio-Marc(5), Christine Gommenginger(1), David Griffin(6), Jacob Høyer(7), Alexandre Kurapov(8), Kristine Madsen(9), Franck Mercier(10), Laury Miller(11), Ananda Pascual(12), Muthalagu Ravichandran(13), Frank Shillington(14), Helen Snaith(1), P. Ted Strub(8), Doug Vandemark(15), Stefano Vignudelli(16), John Wilkin(17), Philip Woodworth(18), Javier Zavala-Garay(17)

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The last few years have witnessed the foundation and development of a new discipline, coastal altimetry, and the coalescence of an active community of researchers who are now enthusiastically developing the topic. In the present community white paper, we summarize the technical challenges that satellite altimetry faces in the coastal zone, and the research that is currently being carried out to overcome those challenges. We introduce the new coastal altimetry data that are becoming available, and describe how we can calibrate/validate those data. Then we show several of the possible applications of coastal altimetry and conclude by looking at the future of the discipline, and at how we can build capacity in coastal altimetry.

1National Oceanography Centre, Waterfront Campus, European Way, Southampton SO14 3ZH, United Kingdom
2European Space Agency/ESRIN (European Space Research Institute), Via Galileo Galilei, Casella Postale 64, Frascati I-00044, Italy
3Institut Mediterrani d´Estudis Avançats, C/Miquel Marquès, 21, 07190 Esporles, Spain
4University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0429, USA
5Darmstadt Univ. of Technology, Petersenstrasse 13, D-64287 Darmstadt, Germany
6CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Marine and Atmospheric Research, Castray Esplanade, Hobart Tas 7000, Australia
7Danish Meteorological Institute, University of Copenhagen, Lyngbyvej 100, 2100 København, Denmark
8COAS (College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences), Oregon State University, 104 COAS Administration Building, Corvallis, OR 97331-5503 USA
9Univ. Copenhagen & Danish Meteorological Institute, Lyngbyvej 100, 2100 København, Denmark
10Collecte Localisation Satellites, Rue Hermès, Parc Tech. du Canal, 31520 Ramonville St. Agne, France
11Laboratory for Satellite Altimetry , NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), 1335 East West Hwy, Silver Spring MD 20910-3226
12Institut Mediterrani d´Estudis Avançats, C/Miquel Marquès, 21, 07190 Esporles, Spain
13Indian National Centre for Ocean Info. Services, P.B. 21, IDA Jeedimetla P.O, Hyderabad, 500 055 India
14Dept. Oceanography, Univ. Cape Town, Priv. Bag X3, Rondebosch, Cape Town, 770, South Africa
15OPAL (Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory), University of New Hampshire, 39 College Rd., Durham, NH 03824, USA
16Istituto di Biofisica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Via Moruzzi 1, I-56100 Pisa, Italy
17Rutgers University, 71 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA
18National Oceanographic Laboratory, J. Proudman Bldg, 6 Brownlow St, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 5DA, United Kingdom

Correspondence should be addressed to E-mail: cipo@noc.ac.uk

This paper shall be cited as:

Cipollini, P. & Co-Authors (2010). "The Role of Altimetry in Coastal Observing Systems" in Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 2), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison, D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306, doi:10.5270/OceanObs09.cwp.16

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