Articles | Volume 12, issue 6
Ocean Sci., 12, 1179–1203, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-12-1179-2016
Ocean Sci., 12, 1179–1203, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-12-1179-2016

Research article 15 Nov 2016

Research article | 15 Nov 2016

Sub-basin-scale sea level budgets from satellite altimetry, Argo floats and satellite gravimetry: a case study in the North Atlantic Ocean

Marcel Kleinherenbrink et al.

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Satellite altimetry measures changes in sea level, while satellite gravimetry measures mass changes, and one can infer steric sea level from Argo temperature and salinity profiles. For the first time, it is shown that in most cases the mass and steric components match the total sea level measured by altimetry on a sub-basin scale in terms of trend, annual amplitude and interannual variability. We also find that the choice of gravity field filter is essential to close the budget.