Altimetry and the integrated ocean observing system
Pierre-Yves Le Traon(1)
29280 Plouzané ,
A central objective for future altimeter missions will be to provide
data required by operational oceanography integrated systems (i.e.
that use in-situ and satellite observations together with models and
data assimilation to provide an integrated description of the
ocean). We will review the development of global operational
oceanography and the unique contribution of satellite altimetry.
Requirements for future altimeter systems (e.g. continuity, accuracy,
resolution, data availability) will then be analyzed and main issues
will be discussed.