Case Study


60 Minutes

Sérgio Muacho (IPMA)
Angela Lourenco (IPMA)

An Atlantic Storm observed by Jason-2 - Significant Wave Height Altimetry

Published: 4 February 2014

This case study treats a storm over the Atlantic which started its development on 14 April 2012 and lasted until 17 April. The deepening depression and associated strong surface winds gave birth to high waves and sea swell affecting the northern Spanish coasts. The case study focuses on sea level altimetry data provided by Jason-2. A comparison with ECMWF wave model (WAM) is undertaken.

The aim of the case study is to show the quality of Jason-2 data in comparison with model data and in situ measurements.

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Filed under Keywords:

Waves, wave model, depression, swell, storm, buoy data