Application of a SAR image archive to climatological analysis of coastal wind storms

Kenneth Loescher, George Young, Nathaniel Winstead, Brian Colle

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Abstract

The use of high-resolution all-weather surface wind field mapping capability of SAR to detect and quantitatively describe the strong mountain-parallel, low-level mesoscale wind maxima is discussed. A five-year study from May 1998 through April 2003 of coastal barrier and hybrid jet occurence in the Gulf of Alaska is presented. The factors such as terrain height, the location of regions of elevated stability and the open ocean wind direction relative to coast appears to have large impact on the favorable locations for barrier jet formation. SAR also revealed that coastal barrier jets in the Gulf of Alaska are more commonly found in the winter months than in summer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages4127-4130
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
Event2004 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium Proceedings: Science for Society: Exploring and Managing a Changing Planet. IGARSS 2004 - Anchorage, AK, United States
Duration: Sep 20 2004Sep 24 2004

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Other2004 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium Proceedings: Science for Society: Exploring and Managing a Changing Planet. IGARSS 2004
CountryUnited States
CityAnchorage, AK
Period9/20/049/24/04

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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    Loescher, K., Young, G., Winstead, N., & Colle, B. (2004). Application of a SAR image archive to climatological analysis of coastal wind storms. 4127-4130. Paper presented at 2004 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium Proceedings: Science for Society: Exploring and Managing a Changing Planet. IGARSS 2004, Anchorage, AK, United States.