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Establishment of a european radar altimeter calibration and sea-level monitoring site for jason, envisat and euro-gloss

Objective

This is to establish an absolute sea level monitoring and altimeter calibration permanent facility on the isle of Gavdos, Crete, Greece. Its purpose is to
a) ensure the unbiased establishment of mean sea level , as realised by thealtimeter;
b) to monitor any blazes and deformations of the earth^TMs surface in the area;
c) to develop a regional geoid and sea surface topography model ; and d)to involve this project in WEGENER, IERS, IGS, and Euro-GLOSS. The site is a crossing point of TOPEX/Poseidon and Jason, and adjacent to an ENVISAT pass proposed because
1) the small island is in open sea, with small topography, and simple current circulation;
2) the tides are small;
3) calibration can be made on ascending and descending tracks, and
4) the cross-over information can be used to remove directional blazes. Calibration of multiple missions at the same site with the same equipment bridges the results of one altimeter with the next.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF CRETE
Address
Politechnioupolis
73100 Hania - Crete
Greece

Participants (7)

ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI
Greece
Address
University Campus
54006 Thessaloniki
AUSTRIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Austria
Address
Schmiedlstrasse 6
8042 Graz
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Avenue Nicolas Copernic - Observat.de La Côte D'az
06130 Grasse
NATIONAL SURVEY AND CADASTRE
Denmark
Address
Rentemestervej 8
2400 Koepenhagen
OBSERVATOIRE DE LA CÔTE D'AZUR
France
Address
Avenue Nicolas Copernic
06130 Grasse
SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ZUERICH
Switzerland
Address
Eth-hoenggerberg
8093 Zurich
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY
United States
Address
Hilltop Circle 1000
21250 Baltimore