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Introduction

This site contains an overview of the NOAA services being provided by the Satellite Oceanography Group of National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) for the Jason-2 (note: Jason-2 is also known as the Ocean Surface Topography Mission or OSTM) and Jason-3 satellites altimetry missions.

Background

The Jason-2 satellite launched 20 June 2008 and is the latest in a series of ocean altimeter missions designed to observe ocean circulation, sea level rise, and wave heights. Earlier altimeter missions include Geosat and Geosat Follow-On satellites, which flew in 1985-1989 and 1998-2008, respectively, and the TOPEX/Poseidon (1992-2005) and Jason-1 (2001-present) missions, which were launched into the same orbit now occupied by Jason-2. Jason-3 is a follow-on mission to OSTM/Jason-2, which was launched on January 17, 2016. Jaosn-3 will secure the continuity of high quality ocean altimetry measurements in support of climate monitoring, operational oceanography and seasonal forecasting.

Jason-3 Level-2 X-GDR Data Access

Jason-2 Level-2 X-GDR Data Access

Quality Monitoring of the Science Data

For deriving long-term quality measurements on Jason satellite data, we have developed a climate-oriented quality monitoring system. This system uses the Rich Inventory concept developed at NGDC, providing a searchable database for tracking and discovering data quality, metadata, and data set attributes. A near real time data quality check comprising of 8 statistics calculated on 23 parameters is performed as each Level-2 data file is ingested into NCEI's archives.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • What is the difference between the OGDR, IGDR and GDR?

    A. The Operational Geophysical Data Record (OGDR) is produced within 1-2 hours of the satellite overflight. It has the lowest quality data and the most missing data. However, it is useful for time-critical applications. The Interim GDR is produced within 1-2 days of overflight. The orbital quality is far better. The science-quality "final" GDR is produced with a 60-day time lag. Note: A new, experimental OGDR is being produced at JPL within 7-9 hours of overflight. The quality of orbital information is equivalent to that of the IGDR. It is listed below.

Jason-2/3 Archive Quality Monitoring

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Jason-2 xGDR Operations Messages

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Archive Details

  1. Requirements
  2. Strategy
  3. Submission Agreement
  4. Services

Related altimeter datasets and products

These links will take you out of NCEI and we have no control over the content or whether these sites are kept up-to-date. Note that many of these sites require you to create a username and password in order to access the data.
SOG NetCDF NOAA CLASS AVHRR SST GODAE MPMC GAC RSMAS GHRSST MCSST NLSST SeaWiFS
GOSTA NPOESS VIIRS OPeNDAP DODS LAS HRPT LAC GAC HDF-SDS DMAC PO.DAAC LTSRF CoRTAD

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