Radar Altimeters

Many studies have shown that sub-surface thermal structure plays an important role in tropical cyclone intensification. The sub-surface structure can often be deduced from the satellite altimetry data. Research to better use these data in statistical forecast algorithms and the coupled ocean-atmosphere models has the potential to improve tropical cyclone intensity forecasts. The altimeter observations would be more useful with improved temporal and areal sampling. Multi-beam altimeters potentially can dramatically increase spatial sampling and fill the data voids.

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