Satellite Altimetry and Earth Sciences, Volume 69: A Handbook of Techniques and Applications (International Geophysics)

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The new level of precision and global coverage provided by satellite altimetry is rapidly advancing studies of ocean circulation. It allows for new insights into marine geodesy, ice sheet movements, plate tectonics, and for the first time provides high-resolution bathymetry for previously unmapped regions of our watery planet and crucial information on the large-scale ocean features on intra-season to interannual time scales. Satellite Altimetry and Earth Sciences has integrated the expertise of the leading international researchers to demonstrate the techniques, missions, and accuracy of satellite altimetry, including altimeter measurements, orbit determination, and ocean circulation models.

Satellite altimetry is helping to advance studies of ocean circulation, tides, sea level, surface waves and allowing new insights into marine geodesy.

Satellite Altimetry and Earth Sciences provides high resolution bathymetry for previously unmapped regions of our watery planet.

Satellite Altimetry and Earth Sciences is for a very broad spectrum of academics, graduate students, and researchers in geophysics, oceanography, and the space and earth sciences. International agencies that fund satellite-based research will also appreciate the handy reference on the applications of satellite altimetry.

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"Altimetry has interacted, even revolutionized, our understanding of marine geodesy and seafloor topography, of ocean circulation, surface and internal waves, ice sheets and sea level rise; given that altimetry interacts so broadly with diverse ocean disciplines, this book serves as a text on modern oceanography."

-- Walter Munk, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla

Satellite Altimetry and the Earth Sciences: Handbook of Techniques and Applications is a comprehensive treatise on the fundamental principles of satellite altimetry and features earth science applications ranging from oceanography to geodesy and geophysics. The first chapter details how the height of the sea surface is determined with centimeter accuracy from the travel time of radar signals transmitted from space. Subsequent chapters review how sea surface height measurements are manipulated to estimate ocean circulation and tides, heat storage in the ocean in relation to El Niño and La Niña, the earth's gravity field and its tectonic features, and the depth of the ocean. These applications and the challenges of employing altimeters to detect long-term changes in sea level and ice sheets are discussed in this authoritative handbook of techniques and applications.

* First text devoted to the technique of satellite altimetry
* Complete description of the fundamentals of satellite altimetry
* Applications include global ocean circulation and its changes from El Niño, global sea level rise, global tidal maps, sea surface topography and the earth's gravity field and plate tectonics, high-resolution ocean bathymetry, and long-term monitoring of ocean waves and ice sheets.

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