Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS)
MIAMI UNIV FL DIVISION OF MARINE GEOLOGY AND GEOPHYSICS
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We wish to establish a high capability satellite data reception and analysis facility for environmental monitoring in the southeastern US, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Basin and Equatorial Atlantic. CSTARS will provide a variety of satellite data and support for scientific research in land, atmosphere, ice and ocean sciences, as well as applied applications in the fields of environmental monitoring, natural hazard assessment, civil defense and defense tactical applications. To achieve these goals we are developing a high capability receiving and analysis facility for X-band satellite data with a subsequent enhanced capability that would include lower frequency L- and S-band reception. Key priorities in the system design will be high reliability data reception to low elevation angles and rapid data access for all scientific, civilian and defense tactical users. The specific scientific objectives of this proposed project are, but not limited to air-sea interaction and ocean dynamics 1 To explore the further use of SAR imagery for retrieval of high-resolution synoptic wind fields with special emphasis on tropical storms. 2 To examine the surface roughness, wave breaking and directional distribution of the wave field in tropical and extra-tropical storm systems. 3 To explore and quantify mesoscale flow patterns in synoptic and tropical lows. 4 To study in more detail the morphology of hurricanes especially when coupled with information about cloud patterns and precipitation from other sensors. 5 To develop algorithms for improved detection of ships and their location, size and type as well as speed and direction characteristics. 6 To examine ocean features such as fronts, currents and eddies and combine with measurements of long-range shore-based high-frequency Doppler radars.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment