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NCEI OSTM/Jason-2 and Jason-3 Satellite Products Archive

After more than 11 years in orbit and well beyond its three- to five-year mission baseline, the Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM) on Jason-2 will permanently cease acquisition of scientific data at 06:48 UTC on 1 October 2019 due to aging-related issues onboard the spacecraft. Approximately three hours later, the final pass 147 for science cycle 644 will be produced as an OGDR product and disseminated to operational users. IGDR production will cease about 2.5 days later, GDR production approximately 2 months later. Additional information regarding the OSTM/Jason-2 mission will follow in the coming days in the form of a joint press release from CNES, NASA/JPL, NOAA, and EUMETSAT.

The operation of the Jason-3 reference mission remains nominal and its continued data production will not be affected in any way.

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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 Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM)/Jason-2 and Jason-3 satellites altimetry missions.


The OSTM/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 OSTM/Jason-2. Jason-3 is a follow-on mission to OSTM/Jason-2, which was launched on January 17, 2016. Jason-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

OSTM/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-2/3 X-GDR Operations Messages

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Archive Details

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

Related altimeter datasets and products

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  Last modified:    Wed, 27-Nov-2019 17:04 UTC
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