Minimize REAPER: REprocessing of Altimeter Products for ERS

The REAPER (REprocessing of Altimeter Products for ERS) project covers both the ERS-1 and the ERS-2 Altimetry missions. Major improvements with respect to the previous ESA RA products format (OPR - Ocean Product - and WAP - Waveform product) have been implemented (e.g. the 4 Envisat RA-2 retrackers, RA calibration improvement, new reprocessed Precise Orbit Solution, ECMWF ERA-interim model, NICO09 ionospheric correction until 1998, GIM ionospheric correction up to 2003, new SSB, etc.). The assessment of the REAPER data quality versus the ERS OPR and WAP data shows a clear improvement in terms of accuracy over the tandem periods between ERS-1, ERS-2 and Envisat missions (currently assessed periods). However, the REAPER dataset presents some limitations (such as the use of poor MWR Wet tropospheric correction, out of range PTR corrections, etc.) that are fully described in the Product Handbook Intercalibration between ERS-1, ERS-2 and Envisat, between all three radar altimeters and all three microwave radiometers, has led to several improvements, including the incorporation of inter-mission bias corrections. Envisat style retrackers are used in the REAPER processing, allowing easier comparison. REAPER ERS-2 data is cross-calibrated to the released ENVISAT v2.1 product and the REAPER ERS-1 data to REAPER ERS-2.

 

Data access

Data are available to users via Fast Registration.

 

Paper:

"REAPER: Reprocessing 12 Years of ERS-1 and ERS-2 Altimeters and Microwave Radiometer Data", D. J. Brockley, S. Baker, P. Féménias, B. Martínez, F-H. Massmann, M. Otten, F. Paul, B. Picard, P. Prandi, M. Roca, S. Rudenko, R. Scharroo, and P. Visser - IEEE TGRS, June 2017, DOI: 10.1109/TGRS.2017.2709343

 

The paper presents the REAPER data set and main results on the validation activities.

The REAPER data set presents 12 years of ERS altimetry data, cross-calibrated both within the mission and with ENVISAT V2.1. The data format is netCDF 3, and the data set is fully described in the accompanying product handbook

The major improvements of the REAPER data set with respect to the previous ESA RA products are due to use of four ENVISAT RA-2 retrackers, RA calibration improvement, new reprocessed precise orbit solutions, ECMWF ERA-interim model, NIC09 ionospheric correction until 1998, GIM ionospheric correction up to 2003, and new sea-state bias.

The assessment of the REAPER data quality versus the ERS OPR and WAP data shows a clear improvement in terms of accuracy over the tandem periods between ERS-1, ERS-2, and ENVISAT missions (currently assessed periods).

 

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