Accession Number:

ADA171037

Title:

'Toward 84/86' Field Experiment: Investigation of Physics of Synthetic Aperture Radar in Ocean Remote Sensing. Volume 1. Data Summary and Early Results.

Descriptive Note:

Interim technical rept. Sep 84-May 85,

Corporate Author:

JET PROPULSION LAB PASADENA CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1986-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

164.0

Abstract:

The mechanisms responsible for SAR imaging of the ocean surface are not adequately understood at present. Conflicting hypotheses have been proposed that remain without valid proof, because of lack of adequate data sets to test these hypotheses. The influence of environmental parameters has prevented extending relationships that were demonstrated under one set of conditions to another beyond the range used in formulating the relationships. The TOWARD experiment was conceived to overcome the difficulties. The single most significant achievement to date is the determination that none of the available theories on SAR imagining of long surface waves has been demonstrated to explain the SAR observations obtained in TOWARD. Work is presently in progress to amend existing models and to develop new ones.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
  • Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE