Surface Waves Investigation and Monitoring instrument.
Wave spectra (power distribution, function of direction and wavelength/period); and significant wave height (at nadir).
Multi-beam altimeter, Ku-band (13.575 GHz), rotating to implement large swath
6 beams, incidence angles 0°, 2.4°, 4°, 6°, 8° and 10°, rotating at 5.7 rpm, implementing a swath of 180 km.
18 km at s.s.p.
Coverage / Cycle
Global in one weak.
2019 to ≥2022
Satellites this instrument is flying on
Note: a red tag indicates satellites no longer operational, a
green tag indicates operational satellites, a blue tag indicates
Earth observation instrument Active and radio-occultation sensor Radar altimeter
Subcomponent 1 Wide-swath radar altimeter Conventional radar altimeter Subcomponent 3 Wide-swath radar altimeter for vegetation mapping
Primary mission objectives
Sea-ice elevation Sea-ice thickness Secondary mission objectives Coastal sea level (tide) Geoid Ocean dynamic topography
Opportunity objectives Gravity field Wind speed (near surface) Show all Show fewer
Tentative Evaluation of Measurements
The following list indicates which measurements can
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Variable Relevance for measuring this variable Operational limitations Explanation
Coastal sea level (tide) 1 - primary Infrequent coverage. Single-frequency Ku-band radar altimeter with large swath for mapping
Geoid 2 - very high Infrequent coverage.. Long time series needed. Geoid derived from multi-temporal analysis of radar altimetry data
Gravity field 4 - fair Partial information (geoid). Gravity field derived from multi-temporal analysis of radar altimetry data
Ocean dynamic topography 1 - primary Infrequent coverage.. Long time for mapping. Single-frequency Ku-band radar altimeter with large swath for mapping
Sea-ice elevation 3 - high Infrequent coverage. The large swath helps measuring the elevation of the ice border over the sea level
Sea-ice thickness 3 - high Infrequent coverage.. Change detection only. The large swath helps measuring the elevation of the ice border over the sea level. Thickness inferred
Significant wave height 1 - primary Infrequent coverage. The large swath enables more frequent global coverage
Wind speed (near surface) 4 - fair Over sea only.. Infrequent coverage. Improved coverage associated to better resolution, that implies better accuracy