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Dr Graham Quartly

Physical oceanographer (Remote sensing)

Contact Details

+44 (0)1752 633100 (switchboard)


Dr Quartly has a Ph.D. in underwater acoustic from the University of Bath, and has now spent more than 30 years looking at satellite remote-sensing of the ocean He has combined this with analysis of model output, and observations from ships and buoys/drifters. He has led 4 hydrographic cruises and instigated 2 projects for technology development. He has occasionally lectured on altimetry and has supervised 25 MSc or PhD students.

He is very active in satellite altimetry research, and has recently edited a special issue of Remote Sensing on altimetric calibration. He still retains a strong interest in the Greater Agulhas Current system, and also in rainfall at sea.

Away from work, his time is spent hill walking, gardening and Scottish country dancing!


Sea State CCI
Sea State CCI

Contact: Dr Graham Quartly

Sea State CCI is part of the European Space Agency's programme to deliver long-term homogeneous datasets covering many of the recognised...

Sentinel-3 Mission Performance Centre (S3MPC)
Sentinel-3 Mission Performance Centre (S3MPC)

Contact: Dr Graham Quartly

The European Space Agency (ESA) launched the Sentinel-3A satellite in February 2016 and Sentinel-3B in April 2018, as the start of a long-term...

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Selected key publications

Ardhuin, F., J.E. Stopa, B. Chapron, F. Collard, R.E. Jensen, J. Johannessen,, R. Husson, A. Mouche, M. Passaro, G.D Quartly, V. Swail,, and I. Young, 2019. Observing sea states, accepted by Frontiers in Marine Science, special issue for OceanObs19 doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00124

Legeais, J.-F., M. Ablain, L. Zawadzki, H. Zuo, J.A. Johannessen, M.G. Scharffenberg, L. Fenoglio-Marc, M.J. Fernandes, O.B. Andersen, S. Rudenko, P. Cipollini, G.D. Quartly, M. Passaro, A. Cazenave, J. Benveniste, 2018. An improved and homogeneous altimeter sea level record: from the ESA Climate Change Initiative. Earth Sys. Sci. Data 10, 281-301. doi: 10.5194/essd-10-281-2018

Nencioli, F. & G.D. Quartly, 2019. Evaluation of Sentinel-3A wave height observations near the coast of Southwest England, Remote Sensing. 2019, 11(24), 2998 (20pp.) doi: 10.3390/rs11242998

Quartly G.D., J.-F. Legeais, M. Ablain, L. Zawadzki, M.J. Fernandes, S. Rudenko, L. Carrère, P.N. García, P, Cipollini, O.B. Andersen, J.-C. Poisson, S. Mbajon Njiche, A. Cazenave, J. Benveniste, 2017. A new phase in the production of quality-controlled sea level data, Earth Sys. Sci. Data 9, 557-572. doi: 10.5194/essd-9-557-2017

Quartly, G.D., et al., 2019. Retrieving sea level and freeboard in the Arctic: A review of current radar altimetry methodologies and future perspectives Remote Sensing, 2009, 11, 881 (47pp.) doi: 10.3390/rs11070881

Warren, M.A., G.D. Quartly, J.D. Shutler, P.I. Miller, Y. Yoshikawa. 2016. Estimation of ocean surface currents from Maximum Cross Correlation applied to GOCI geostationary satellite data over the Tsushima (Korea) Straits. J. Geophys. Res..121 (9), 6993-7009. doi: 10.1002/2016JC011814


Other activities

  • Member of Sentinel-3 Validation Team (S3VT)
  • Member of Sentinel-6 Validation Team (S6VT)
  • Member of Ocean Surface Topography Science Team