Accession Number:

ADA371770

Title:

Polarimetric Microwave Remote Sensing of the Ocean Surface

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept. 1 Dec 98-30 Nov 99

Corporate Author:

MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LAB OF ELECTRONICS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1999-12-21

Pagination or Media Count:

4.0

Abstract:

The polarimetric passive techniques have been used for the retrieval of ocean wind speed and directions by measuring the polarimetric brightness temperature of the ocean surface. However, under high wind conditions, the presence of foam will significantly affect the brightness temperature signature of the plain ocean surface. In addition to the empirical model of the foam contribution to the thermal emission, the previous theoretical studies are mostly based on simple geometry models, which may not reflect the realistic physical situation.

Subject Categories:

  • Meteorology
  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE