Implementation of a Marine Altimeter Calibration Campaign in the Area of Ibiza Island
Martinez-Benjamin, Juan Jose1; Gili, Josep1; Lopez, Rogelio1; Tapia, Ana1; Bosch, Ernest2; Perez, Begoņa3; Francesc, Pros4
1Technical University of Catalonia, SPAIN; 2Cartographic Institute of Catalonia, SPAIN; 3Puertos del Estado, SPAIN; 4Autoridad Portuaria de Barcelona, SPAIN
Sea level monitoring geodetic improvements has been made in specific coastal Spanish sites as Ibiza, Estartit and Barcelona harbours. The goal is to maintain and improve the geodetic quality of the observation of the sea level change in the three sites
At Ibiza site new measurements and levelling between the GPS reference station and a Radar MIROS, both from Puertos del Estado, has been made in the last years. The goal is to maintain and improve the quality of the observation of the sea level. The information is coming from Puertos del Estado www.puertos.es. A new complimentary precise geometric levelling experience near the Ibiza radar tide gauge is prepared for the spring 2013 by UPC. The goal is to maintain and improve the quality of the observation of the sea level. The information is coming from Puertos del Estado www.puertos.es
A marine campaign to compute the sea surface data along the Spanish Mediterranean coastline and Balearic Islands is being prepared for 2013. under funding from the MICINN Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovacion of Spain under National Project ref:CGL2009-13435 following several tracks of Jason-2 (period ~10 days) and Saral/AltiKa (period of 35 days and expected launch in 2013 with a Ka band radar). Altimetric and on-board GPS data will be used. GPS Buoy sessions along the ship route will be performed. Sea height estimates (instantaneous and mean sea levels) will be compared. A similar experience with Jason-1 was made in June 2003 in this geographical area.
The presentation is directed mainly to the description of the actual situation of the Ibiza and Formentera sites in preparation for a new altimeter calibration marine campaign of Jason-2 and Saral/AltiKa satellites to be made in 2013.