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Status of Global Validation of ENVISAT ASAR Wave Mode Products at ECMWF

Saleh Abdalla(1), Peter Janssen(1) and Bidlot Jean-Raymond(1)

(1) ECMWF, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, RG2 9AX, Reading, United Kingdom


ENVISAT Fast Delivery ASAR Wave Mode products are routinely received, monitored and validated at ECMWF. ASAR Wave Mode Level 1b (ASA_WVS_1P) product is inverted using the MPIM scheme to obtain the ocean wave spectra. This product agrees well with the wave model counterpart in terms of all used integrated parameters. This product has been assimilated operationally at ECMWF since 1 February 2006.

On the other hand, ASAR Wave Mode Level 2 Ocean Wave Spectrum (ASA_WVW_2P) product agrees well with the wave model in terms of swell significant wave height and mean period. The agreement is not so good for the other parameters describing the spectral shape.

The latest status of this ongoing work will be presented.


Workshop presentation

Keywords: ESA European Space Agency - Agence spatiale europeenne, observation de la terre, earth observation, satellite remote sensing, teledetection, geophysique, altimetrie, radar, chimique atmospherique, geophysics, altimetry, radar, atmospheric chemistry