Wind mapping offshore in coastal Mediterranean area using SAR images

Rosamaria Calaudi, Felice Arena, Merete Badger, Anna Maria Sempreviva

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Satellite observations of the ocean surface from Synthetic Aperture Radars (SAR) provide information about the spatial wind variability over large areas. This is of special interest in the Mediterranean, where spatial wind information is only provided by sparse buoys, often with long periods of missing data.
Here, we focus on evaluating the use of SAR for offshore wind mapping. Preliminary results from the analysis of SAR-based ocean winds in Mediterranean areas show interesting large scale wind flow features consistent with results from previous studies using numerical models and space borne wind data i.e. scatterometers with lower resolution.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2013
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2nd International Conference on Energy and Meteorology: Improving Weather and Climate Capabilities for Enhanced Energy Strategies - Toulouse, France
Duration: 25 Jun 201328 Jun 2013
Conference number: 2


Conference2nd International Conference on Energy and Meteorology
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Calaudi, R., Arena, F., Badger, M., & Sempreviva, A. M. (2013). Wind mapping offshore in coastal Mediterranean area using SAR images. Poster session presented at 2nd International Conference on Energy and Meteorology, Toulouse, France.