Materials of the International Conference
50th Anniversary of the International Geophysical Year
and Electronic Geophysical Year

16-19 September 2007 • Suzdal, Russia

Exploiting satellite altimetry in coastal ocean through the ALTICORE project

S. Lebedev1, A. Sirota1, D. Medvedev1, S. Khlebnikova1, S. Vignudelli2, H. Snaith3, P. Cipollini3, F. Venuti3, F. Lyard4, J. F. Cretaux4, F. Birol4, J. Bouffard4, L. Roblou5, A. Kostianoy6, A. Ginzburg6, N. Sheremet6, E. Kuzmina6, R. Mamedov7, K. Ismatova7, A. Aliev7, and T. Nabiev7

1Geophysical Center, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

2Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto di Biofisica, Pisa, Italy

3National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK

4Laboratoire d'Etudes Gèophysique et Ocèanographie Spatiale, Toulouse, France

5Noveltis, Parc Technologique du Canal 2, Ramonville-Saint-Agne, Toulouse, France

6Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Moscow, Russia

7Institute of Geography, Baku, Azerbaijan


Altimeter-derived information on sea level and sea state would be extremely important for resolving the complex dynamics of the coastal ocean. Satellite altimetry originally not conceived with coastal ocean in mind, but future missions (AltiKa and CryoSat-2) would promise much improved nearshore capabilities. A current priority is to analyze the existing, under-exploited, 15-year global archive of coastal altimeter data to draw recommendations for those missions. There are intrinsic difficulties in processing and interpretation of the data (e.g.: proximity of land, control of seabed, rapid variations due to tides and atmospheric effects). But there are unexploited possibilities (e.g.: higher along track data rates, multi-altimetry scenarios) that need to be explored. There are also difficulties of accessing and manipulating data from multiple sources, many of which undergo regular revision and enhancement. In response to these needs, the ALTICORE (ALTImetry for COastal REgions – project started in December 2006, funded for two-years by the European INTAS scheme ( The overall aim of ALTICORE is to build up capacity for provision of altimeter-based information in support of coastal ocean studies in some European Seas (Mediterranean, Black, Caspian, White and Barents). ALTICORE will also contribute to improved cooperation between Europe and Eastern countries and enhance networking of capacity in the area of satellite altimetry. This presentation discusses the approach, summarizes the planned work and shows how the coastal community should eventually benefit from better access to improved altimeter-derived information.

Citation: S. Lebedev, A. Sirota, D. Medvedev, S. Khlebnikova, S. Vignudelli, H. Snaith, P. Cipollini, F. Venuti, F. Lyard, J. F. Cretaux, F. Birol, J. Bouffard, L. Roblou, A. Kostianoy, A. Ginzburg, N. Sheremet, E. Kuzmina, R. Mamedov, K. Ismatova, A. Aliev, and T. Nabiev (2007), Exploiting satellite altimetry in coastal ocean through the ALTICORE project, in: Materials of the International Conference '50th Anniversary of the International Geophysical Year and Electronic Geophysical Year', GC RAS, Moscow, doi:10.2205/2007-IGY50conf.

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