Database of Winds and Waves

2. Wave Height of World Oceans
Recently, it became possible to measure wave height by altimeter loaded on satellites. Although the altimeter has a shortcoming that wave direction and wave period cannot be measured, it has a merit to cover wide range of oceans in the world.
In this Homepage, the characteristics of wave height data measured by altimeter on the satellites, GEOSAT and TOPEX/POSEIDON, is available.

[4] Ogawa, Y. et al. ; A Preliminary Study on Wave Statistics Derived from GEOSAT Data, 66th General Meeting of Ship Research Institute, 1995

The Interaction of a Pulse of Radar Energy from Altimeter with the Surface of the Ocean



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