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Ocean Science An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Ocean Sci., 12, 471-479, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-12-471-2016
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Research article
01 Apr 2016
Jason continuity of services: continuing the Jason altimeter data records as Copernicus Sentinel-6
Remko Scharroo, Hans Bonekamp, Christelle Ponsard, François Parisot, Axel von Engeln, Milen Tahtadjiev, Kristiaan de Vriendt, and François Montagner European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), Darmstadt, Germany
Abstract. The Sentinel-6 mission is proposed as a multi-partner programme to continue the Jason satellite altimeter data services beyond the Jason-2 and Jason-3 missions. The Sentinel-6 mission programme consists of two identical satellites flying in sequence to prolong the climate data record of sea level accumulated by the TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason-1, Jason-2, and Jason-3 missions from 2020 to beyond 2030. The Sentinel-6 mission intends to maintain these services in a fully operational manner. A key feature is the simultaneous pulse-limited and synthetic aperture radar processing allowing direct and continuous comparisons of the sea surface height measurements based on these processing methods and providing backward compatibility. The Sentinel-6 mission will also include radio occultation user services.

Citation: Scharroo, R., Bonekamp, H., Ponsard, C., Parisot, F., von Engeln, A., Tahtadjiev, M., de Vriendt, K., and Montagner, F.: Jason continuity of services: continuing the Jason altimeter data records as Copernicus Sentinel-6, Ocean Sci., 12, 471-479, https://doi.org/10.5194/os-12-471-2016, 2016.
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The Sentinel-6 mission is proposed as a multi-partner programme to continue the Jason satellite altimeter data services beyond the Jason-2 and Jason-3 missions. The Sentinel-6 mission programme consists of two identical satellites flying in sequence to prolong the climate data record of sea level accumulated by the TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason-1, Jason-2, and Jason-3 missions from 2020 to beyond 2030.
The Sentinel-6 mission is proposed as a multi-partner programme to continue the Jason satellite...
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