15 years using altimeter sea state products

Title15 years using altimeter sea state products
Publication TypeTechnical memorandum
Date Published02/2008
Secondary TitleECMWF Technical Memoranda
AuthorsJanssen, PAEM, Abdalla, S, Aouf, L, Bidlot, J-R, Challenor, P, Hauser, D, Hersbach, H, Lefevre, M, Vandemark, D, Queffeulou, P, Quilfen, Y

The prospect of global observations of surface winds and waves gave a significant stimulus to wave model development in the 1980's, while the need to have reliable wave predictions stimulated the development of operational altimeters that could provide accurate wind and wave products. Over the past fifteen years there has been a continuous interplay between ocean wave forecasting and altimeter sea state products resulting in improvements in both. Altimeter sea state data are presently used in the wave height analysis and wave forecast verification, in the monitoring of the quality of the modelled surface wind and in obtaining a global wave height and wind speed climatology.

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