Articles | Volume 25, issue 3
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 1643–1670, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-1643-2021
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 1643–1670, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-1643-2021

Research article 01 Apr 2021

Research article | 01 Apr 2021

Evaluation of historic and operational satellite radar altimetry missions for constructing consistent long-term lake water level records

Song Shu et al.

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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by editor) (07 Feb 2021) by Christa Kelleher
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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (21 Feb 2021) by Christa Kelleher
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ED: Publish as is (25 Feb 2021) by Christa Kelleher
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This study comprehensively evaluated 11 satellite radar altimetry missions (including their official retrackers) for lake water level retrieval and developed a strategy for constructing consistent long-term water level records for inland lakes. It is a two-step bias correction and normalization procedure. First, we use Jason-2 as the initial reference to form a consistent TOPEX/Poseidon–Jason series. Then, we use this as the reference to remove the biases with other radar altimetry missions.