Lesson 4. Monitoring Atlantic storms
Significant wave height is a by-product of measuring sea surface height from satellites. Even if the orbit repeat times of altimetry satellites means we cannot measure wave heights for all storms, many impressive examples are available. These show that storms in the Atlantic can create waves comparable with those whipped up by hurricanes. Using historical examples from the altimetry record, supported by meteorological observations and wave height data from other sources, this lessons explains how wave height is read from the altimetry wave form and teaches the interpretation of along-track (non-imagery) satellite data and its use in oceanography.
Level: Intermediate. Suitable for students with some background in oceanography.