Absolute calibration of Jason-2 and Saral during the 2013 Ibiza calibration campaign

Frédéric Frappart (GET-OMP, France)

CoAuthors

Nicolas Roussel (GET-OMP, France); Richard Biancale (CNES, France); Juan José Martinez Benjamin (UPC, Spain); Félix Perosanz (CNES, France); Jorge Garate Pasquin (ROA, Spain); José Martin Davila (ROA, Spain); Begoña Perez Gomez (Puertos del Estado, Spain); Carlos Gracia Gomez (UPC, Spain); Rogelio Lopez Bravo (UPC, Spain); Ana Tapia Gomez (UPC, Spain); José Antonio Gili Ripoll (UPC, Spain); Juan Carlos Gonzalez Gonzalez (UPC, Spain); Mario Salazar Lino (Unviversity of Porto, Portugal); Manuel Hernández-Pajares (UPC, Spain); M. Mercedes Sanz Conde (UPC, Spain); Ignasi Berenguer Valles Casanova (UPC, Spain)

Event: 2014 Ocean Surface Topography Science Team Meeting

Session: Regional and Global CAL/VAL for Assembling a Climate Data Record

Presentation type: Type Poster

An altimetry calibration campaign was achieved in the Mediterranean Sea, close to the Ibiza island (Baleares) area, last September in the framework of a Spanish-French cooperation. Its goal was to provide absolute biases for the Jason-2 and AltiKa/Saral altimeters through comparisons with GNSS measurements on buoys. A similar Spanish/French experiment was already performed for Jason-1in June 2003 in this geographical area under the name IBIZA 2003 campaign.
Direct absolute altimeter calibration, estimating the Jason-2 and AltiKa/Saral biases, was made from direct overflights using GPS buoys. This method does not require any modelling of geoid and tidal error. The crossover point between Jason-2 and Saral North of Ibiza (around 40 nm) and West of Mallorca island was found to be optimal for our purposes as it allows measurements at a one-day time-lag and a similar configuration of buoys for each satellite pass. 5 buoys were deployed near a Jason-2/AltiKA Saral crossover point to determine the sea surface in the along-track and cross-track directions, to estimate by interpolation the exact nadir point of the satellite. Here, we present the experimental settings of the campaign and the datasets used in this study, the methods used for comparing altimetry data with GNSS measurements, and the first results of the absolute calibration.
 
Frédéric Frappart
GET-OMP
France
frederic.frappart@get.obs-mip.fr