Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
Ocean Sci., 12, 9–18, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-12-9-2016
Ocean Sci., 12, 9–18, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-12-9-2016

Research article 15 Jan 2016

Research article | 15 Jan 2016

Accuracy of the mean sea level continuous record with future altimetric missions: Jason-3 vs. Sentinel-3a

L. Zawadzki and M. Ablain

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The reference mean sea level (MSL) record, essential for understanding climate evolution, is derived from the altimetric measurements of the TOPEX/Poseidon mission, followed by Jason-1 and later Jason-2 on the same orbit. Soon, Jason-3 will be launched on the same historical orbit, followed by Sentinel-3a on a new one. This paper shows linking missions with the same orbit enables meeting climate user requirements regarding the MSL trend while using Sentinel-3a would increase the uncertainty.