Atmospheric pressure corrections in geodesy and oceanography: A strategy for handling air tides

Author: Rui M. Ponte and R.D. Ray
Date: 
April 1, 2002
Type: 
Journal Article
Venue: 
Geophysical Research Letters
Citation: 

Ponte, R.M., and R.D. Ray, 2002. Atmospheric pressure corrections in geodesy and oceanography: A strategy for handling air tides, Geophysical Research Letters, 29(24), 2153, 10.1029/2002GL016340.

Global pressure data are often needed for processing or interpreting modern geodetic and oceanographic measurements. The most common source of these data is the analysis or reanalysis products of various meteorological centers. Tidal signals in these products can be problematic for several reasons, including potentially aliased sampling of the semidiurnal solar tide as well as the presence of various modeling or timing errors. Building on the work of Van den Dool and colleagues, we lay out a strategy for handling atmospheric tides in (re)analysis data. The procedure also offers a method to account for ocean loading corrections in satellite altimeter data that are consistent with standard ocean-tide corrections. The proposed strategy has immediate application to the on-going Jason-1 and GRACE satellite missions.