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SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CORRECTING A MODEL-DERIVED VERTICAL STRUCTURE OF OCEAN TEMPERATURE AND OCEAN SALINITY BASED ON SEA SURFACE HEIGHT OBSERVATIONS

System and method for correcting the vertical structure of the ocean temperature and salinity can enable the use of sea surface height (SSH) measurements to correct ocean forecast models. In the present embodiment, three relations that can be precomputed are exploited: (1) the relation between temperature and salinity throughout a water column, (2) the relation between temperature/salinity and geopotential, and (3) the relation between geopotential and SSH. The relations are stored in a form that allows efficient application through a cross-correlation matrix.
Inventors: 

Robert W. Helber

Scott R. Smith

Gregg Arthur Jacobs

Patent Number: 
US2016117423
Patent Issue Date: 
May 28, 2016
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