Operational Utilization of High Resolution Ocean Surface Wind Vectors (25km or better) in the Marine Forecasting Environment
NOAA/NESDIS OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND APPLICATIONS CAMP SPRINGS MD
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This effort aims to operationally generate and distribute a gridded wind vector analysis and forecast product out of the MPC and TPC to end user participants US Coast Guard and OCENS Inc. who will provide feedback on the product impacts and utility. The National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service NESDIS will generate and provide a gridded wind field product utilizing all available satellite remote sensing data to the MPC and the TPC. These gridded wind field products will cover the areas of responsibility AORs for MPC and TPC, and will serve as the basis for the gridded wind vector analysis and forecast products generated by MPC and TPC. We also seek to investigate improvements to the currently available standard wind vector product that will yield positive impacts in its operational utilization. In particular, ambiguity removal processing and quality flagging improvements in adverse weather conditions will be studied along with the potential of retrieving higher resolution 25km wind vector products. When data becomes available from the ADEOS-II satellite, launched in December 2002, we will investigate the utility of having a colocated radiometer with the scatterometer in flagging and potentially correcting rain contaminated data. Additionally, the launch of WindSat in January 2003 will represent the first polarimetric radiometer in space designed for retrieval of the ocean surface wind vector. After WindSats calibrationvalidation period, the ocean vector wind data retrieved from it will be compared and integrated with the scatterometer wind vector products. Attempts will also be made to improve the spatial resolution of WindSat products where it is feasible.