Sea Surface Backscatter Distortions of Scanning Radar Altimeter Ocean Wave Measurements
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION WALLOPS ISLAND VA WALLOPS FLIGHT CENTER
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This paper examines the distortions in the measured wave topography caused by sea surface backscatter variation within the 25 to 50 m antenna footprint of the one degree antenna beam of the NASA Scanning Radar Altimeter at its typical 1.5 to 3 km operating altitude and possible corrections to the directional wave spectra computed from the wave topography.
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment
- Radiofrequency Wave Propagation