Aliased tidal errors in TOPEX/POSEIDON sea surface height data Public Deposited

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  • Alias periods and wavelengths for the M2, S2, N2, K1, O1, and P1 tidal constituents are calculated for TOPEX/POSEIDON. Alias wavelengths calculated in previous studies are shown to be in error, and a correct method is presented. With the exception of the K1 constituent, all of these tidal aliases for TOPEX/POSEIDON have periods shorter than 90 days and are unlikely to be confounded with long-period sea surface height signals associated with real ocean processes. In particular, the correspondence between the periods and wavelengths of the M: alias and annual baroclinic Rossby waves that plagued Geosat sea surface height data is avoided. The potential for aliasing residual tidal errors in smoothed estimates of sea surface height is calculated for the six tidal constituents. The potential for aliasing the lunar tidal constituents M2, N2, and O1 fluctuates with latitude and is different for estimates made at the crossovers of ascending and descending ground tracks than for estimates at points midway between crossovers. The potential for aliasing the solar tidal constituents S2, K1, and P1 varies smoothly with latitude. S2 is strongly aliased for latitudes within 50 degrees of the equator, while K1 and P1 are only weakly aliased in that range. A weighted least squares method for estimating and removing residual tidal errors from TOPEX/POSEIDON sea surface height data is presented. A clear understanding of the nature of aliased tidal error in TOPEX/POSEIDON data aids the unambiguous identification of real propagating sea surface height signals. Unequivocal evidence of annual period, westward propagating waves in the North Atlantic is presented.
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  • Schlax, M.G., and Chelton, D.B., 1994, Aliased tidal errors in TOPEX/POSEIDON sea surface height data. Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 99, pg. 24,761–24,775
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