Articles | Volume 10, issue 1
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 281–301, 2018
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 281–301, 2018

Review article 12 Feb 2018

Review article | 12 Feb 2018

An improved and homogeneous altimeter sea level record from the ESA Climate Change Initiative

Jean-François Legeais et al.

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Short summary
Sea level is one of the best indicators of climate change and has been listed as one of the essential climate variables. Sea level measurements have been provided by satellite altimetry for 25 years, and the Climate Change Initiative (CCI) program of the European Space Agency has given the opportunity to provide a long-term, homogeneous and accurate sea level record. It will help scientists to better understand climate change and its variability.