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The concept of a microwave radar with an asymmetric knifelike beam for the remote sensing of ocean waves

Karaev, V.Y.; Kanevsky, M.B.; Balandina, G.N.; Challenor, P.; Gommenginger, C.; Srokosz, M.. 2005 The concept of a microwave radar with an asymmetric knifelike beam for the remote sensing of ocean waves. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 22 (11). 1809-1820. 10.1175/JTECH1807.1

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Abstract/Summary

The features of near-nadir probing of the ocean surface from a satellite are investigated, and a new configuration of a microwave radar for the surface slopes measurement is proposed. Numerical modeling is used to examine the feasibility of a spaceborne implementation, to devise a measuring technique, and to develop a data processing algorithm. It is shown that the radar with a knifelike beam (1° × 25°–30°) can be used to measure the variance of surface wave slopes. Using range selection and a new processing procedure to synthesize data, it is possible to achieve the spatial resolution required to study wave processes on the ocean surface from satellites. A new approach to wind speed retrieval at and near nadir is also discussed.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1175/JTECH1807.1
Date made live: 09 Feb 2006 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/119352

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