Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2021

DOI

10.1029/2020gl092327

Publication Title

Geophysical Research Letters

Volume

48

Issue

9

Pages

e2020GL092327 (1-9)

Abstract

Sea-level rise is an important indicator of ongoing climate change and well observed by satellite altimetry. However, observations from conventional altimetry degrade at the coast where regional sea-level changes can deviate from the open-ocean and impact local communities. With the 2018 launch of the laser altimeter onboard ICESat-2, new high-resolution observations of ice, land, and ocean elevations are available. Here we assess the potential benefits of sea level measured by ICESat-2 by comparing to data from Jason-3 and tide gauges. We find good agreement in the linear rates computed from the independent observations, with an absolute average residual of 3.60 ± 0.03 cm yr−1 between global ICESat-2 and Jason-3 observations at a 1° posting. The recent La Niña is clearly evident in ICESat-2 observations, as well as small-scale features. By demonstrating the quality of the ICESat-2-measured sea level, we provide support for integrating it into the existing suite of sea-level observations.

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An edited version of this paper was published by AGU. Copyright 2021 American Geophysical Union.

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Buzzanga, B., Heijkoop, E., Hamlington, B. D., Nerem, R. S., & Gardner, A. (2021) An assessment of regional ICESat-2 sea-level trends. Geophysical Research Letters, Volume 48, Article e2020GL092327. To view the published open abstract, go to https://doi.org/10.1029/2020gl092327.

Original Publication Citation

Buzzanga, B., Heijkoop, E., Hamlington, B. D., Nerem, R. S., & Gardner, A. (2021). An assessment of regional ICESat-2 sea-level trends. Geophysical Research Letters, 48(9), 1-9, Article e2020GL092327. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020gl092327

ORCID

0000-0002-0602-3196 (Buzzanga)

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