Remote Sensing of Ocean Waves by Surface Contour Radar,
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION WALLOPS ISLAND VA WALLOPS FLIGHT CENTER
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The Surface Contour Radar SCR, developed jointly by NASA Wallops Flight Center WFC and the Naval Research Laboratory, is an airborne, computer-controlled 36 GHz bistatic radar that produces a real-time topographical map of the surface beneath the aircraft. The SCR, described in detail by Kenney et al. 1979, was designed to measure the directional wave spectra of the ocean surface. Of the remote sensing instruments described in these proceedings, the SCR operates by the simplest measurement concept and offers the greatest ease of data interpretation, since it involves a direct range measurement.