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3). , 1982). The results are shown in Fig. 4,designated as the SS4 mean sea surface topography. The SS4 model uses the Lerch et al. (1982) ephemerides, which has an RMS radial accuracy of about 70 cm and is corrected for ocean tides and sea state bias effects. The number of data points contained in Fig. 4 is 692,860. Study of Fig. 4 reveals the major maxima in the northeast and southeast Atlantic, the southwest Pacific, and the Indian Ocean. Also the major minima are seen over the Puerto Rican Trench, off the coast of Baja California, and just off the southern tip of India.

0 - I I I Total Points = 87 ~n D ~ I I=. 893 Y-Intercept = 0 806 m secCorrelation Cosfl. 8. Scatterdiagram comparingaltimeter(Brown algorithm) wind speed with NDBO wind measurements. ) and the variations and gradients that may exist in surface winds about a specific point. In this particular data set the winds appeared to maintain about the same direction with a gradient of the wind from about 2 to 5 m sec-' over a distance of about 350 km. 5-m anemometer height. A more general comparison of SASS data to surface data is shown in Fig.

The SMMR wind-speed goal of 2 m sec-' was achieved, assuming the reliability of SASS over the open ocean and subject to the same constraints on the measurement of SST (no sun glint or rain). Chapter 9 thoroughly reviews the performance of SMMR and its applications to sea ice mapping, dynamics, and edge observations. By comparison, the Seasat SMMR collected only a fraction of the data that the Nimbus-7 SMMR collected. The latter instrument has collected ice data on an alternate-day operation since it became operational shortly after launch in late October 1978.

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