Wind retrieval from synthetic aperture radar - an overview

Knut-Frode Dagestad, Jochen Horstmann, Alexis Mouche, William Perrie, Hui Shen, Biao Zhang, Xiaofeng Li, Frank Monaldo, William Pichel, Susanne Lehner, Merete Badger, Charlotte Bay Hasager, Birgitte Furevik, Ralph C. Foster, Silvia Falchetti, Michael J. Caruso, Paris Vachon

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Abstract

This paper represents a consensus on the state-of-the-art in wind retrieval using synthetic aperture radar (SAR), after the SEASAR 2012 workshop “Advances in SAR Oceanography” hosted by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Norwegian Space Centre in Tromsø, Norway 18–22 June 2012. We document the recent advances of the methodologies, which are capitalizing on the improved capabilities of the modern generation of SAR sensors providing Doppler grid and multi-polarizations. The many applications of SAR wind retrieval have also benefitted from on the improved availability of wide swath modes (~500 km) with excellent coverage, giving much better overview of regional and mesoscale wind features. The accuracy of offshore wind retrieval is robust and generally in the order of 1.5 m/s in speed and 20° in direction, whereas the new methodologies steadily improve the performance for the more challenging conditions near cyclones and complex coastal topography.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SEASAR 2012
Number of pages22
PublisherEuropean Space Agency
Publication date2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event4th SAR Oceanography Workshop (SEASAR 2012): Advances in SAR Oceanography - Tromsø, Norway
Duration: 18 Jun 201222 Jun 2012
Conference number: 4

Workshop

Workshop4th SAR Oceanography Workshop (SEASAR 2012)
Number4
CountryNorway
CityTromsø
Period18/06/201222/06/2012
SeriesE S A - S P
Number709
ISSN0379-6566

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