Use of synthetic aperture radar in the fine-scale analysis of synoptic-scale fronts at sea

Todd D. Sikora, George S. Young, Nathaniel S. Winstead

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Abstract

The viability of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) as a tool for fine scale marine meteorological analysis of synoptic scale fronts using data from the Canadian Space Agency's RADARSAT-1 is discussed. SAR imagery offers much better spatial resolution than other currently flying spaceborne remote sensors. SAR's resolution is an order of magnitude greater than that for operational cloud imaging satellites and two orders of magnitude greater than that for other surface wind imaging satellites. SAR based analysis serves primarily to provide insight into the structure and behavior of weather systems, information that can subsequently be used to forecast the impacts of similar systems observed by other means.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages135-142
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
Event13th Conference on Interactions of the Sea and Atmosphere - Portland, ME, United States
Duration: Aug 9 2004Sep 13 2004

Other

Other13th Conference on Interactions of the Sea and Atmosphere
CountryUnited States
CityPortland, ME
Period8/9/049/13/04

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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