2002 Annual

Monday, 14 January 2002: 11:00 AM
South China Sea Surface Elevation Variability Determined from TOPEX/POSEIDON Data
Peter C. Chu, NPS, Monterey, CA; and J. Wang and Y. Qi
A global daily altimetry data set was recently established at the Naval Research Laboratory on the base of Geosat Follow-On, TOPEX/Poseidon, and ERS-2 data. After quality control such as tidal and orbit error removal, referencing to a consistent mean, it provides a global sea surface height (SSH) data with high temporal and spatial resolutions. We identify the first baroclinic Rossby waves with a phase speed around 3-5 cm/s in the northern South China Sea using 1994-2001 daily SSH data. We also find that there is no evident Rossby wave signal in the southern South China Sea.

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