The Ohio State University Stackfiles for Satellite Radar Altimeter Data
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Publisher:Ohio State University. Division of Geodetic Science
Series/Report no.:Ohio State University. Geodetic Science. Report. no. 495
This document describes the OSU stackfile database for satellite radar altimetry and software that is used to access and maintain the database system. The stackfile database system can be viewed as a reformatted version of Geophysical Data Record (GDR) data products of satellite radar altimeters. A stackfile database is accessible using 2- dimensional location indices of nominal ground tracks while the GDR products are registered in time along actual ground tracks. The third dimension of a stackfile is the repeat cycle of a satellite altimeter mission. The purpose of this document is to use it as a user’s guide of the OSU stackfile databases installed on a unix/linux server.
The original version of stackfiles was designed by Gerhard L.H. Kruizinga, Center for Space Research, University of Texas at Austin, 1994. Most part of the text in this document was borrowed from the CSR technical memo "The New Stackfiles" originally written by G.L.H. Kruizinga in the summer of 1994 and updated on August 21, 1998.