Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Ocean Sci., 12, 471–479, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-12-471-2016

Special issue: Operational oceanography in Europe 2014 in support of blue...

Ocean Sci., 12, 471–479, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-12-471-2016

Research article 01 Apr 2016

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 Remko Scharroo et al.
  • 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.

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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.