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Author(s):Cipollini, P.; Benveniste, J.; Bouffard, J.; Emery, W.; Gommenginger, C.; Griffin, D.; Høyer, J.; Madsen, K.; Mercier, F.; Miller, L.; Pascual, A.; M.; Shillington, F.; Snaith, H.; Strub, T.; Vandemark, D.;Vignudelli, S.; Wilkin, J.; Woodworth, P.; Zavala-Garay,J.;
Title:The Role of Altimetry in Coastal Observing Systems
Book title:In Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 2), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison, D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306.


The last few years have witnessed the foundation and development of a new discipline, coastal altimetry, and the coalescence of an active community of researchers who are now enthusiastically developing the topic. In the present community white paper we summarize the technical challenges that satellite altimetry faces in the coastal zone, and the research that is currently being carried out to overcome those challenges. We introduce the new coastal altimetry data that are becoming available, and describe how we can calibrate/validate those data. Then we show several of the possible applications of coastal altimetry and conclude by looking at the future of the discipline, and at how we can build capacity in coastal altimetry.