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Ongoing Development of the Bass Strait GNSS/INS Buoy System for Altimetry Validation in Preparation for SWOT
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-21, 15:59 authored by Boye ZhouBoye Zhou, Christopher WatsonChristopher Watson, Benoit LegresyBenoit Legresy, Matt KingMatt King, Jack BeardsleyJack Beardsley
GNSS equipped buoys remain an important tool in altimetry validation. Progressive advances in altimetry missions require associated development in such validation tools. In this paper, we enhanced an existing buoy approach and gained further understanding of the buoy dynamics based on in situ observations. First, we implemented the capability to separate the ambiguity fixing strategy for different constellations in the processing software TRACK. A comparison between GPS and GNSS solutions suggested up to 3 cm reduction in the root mean square of the buoy minus co-located mooring SSH residuals over the selected sidereal periods. Then, comparison between double differencing and precise point positioning solutions suggested a possible common mode error external to GNSS processing. To assess buoy performance in different ocean conditions and sea states, GNSS and INS observations were used during periods where external forcings (waves, current and wind) were not interacting substantially. For the deployments investigated, no significant relationship was found, noting the maximum significant wave height and current velocity was ~2.3 m and ~0.3 m/s, respectively. In the lead up to the validation required for the SWOT mission, these results place important bounds on the performance of the buoy design under real operating conditions.
Publication titleRemote Sensing
Department/SchoolSchool of Natural Sciences
Place of publicationSwitzerland
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