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Airborne wind vector scatterometer for sea surface measurements


Kainulainen, J and Salo, S and Lahtinen, J and Molera Calves, G and Seppanen, J and Praks, J and Hakala, T and Chen, Y and Hyyppa, J and Unwin, M and Jales, P and Ressler, G and Casal, T and Rosello, J, Airborne wind vector scatterometer for sea surface measurements, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 12, (7) pp. 2470-2476. ISSN 1939-1404 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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2019 IEEE

DOI: doi:10.1109/JSTARS.2019.2900410


This paper describes the development of an Airborne Wind Vector Scatterometer for low-resolution wind speed measurements. The scatterometer is designed to meet a wind speed accuracy requirement of 1 m/s. In this ad hoc and low-budget project, the development of the instrument exploited some already existing subsystems. The development started from the definition of the scientific system requirements and ended with two experimental flights for wind vector retrieval from three test areas in the Gulf of Finland, the Baltic Sea. One of the flights was planned for a simultaneous overpass with the TDS-1 satellite that was conducting Global Navigations Satellite System Reflectometry (GNSS-R) measurements. The results confirm the measurement capabilities of the GNSS-R technology and the desired 1 m/s wind speed accuracy of the scatterometer that was developed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:airborne, radar remote sensing, reflectometry, wind vector scatterometer, sea surface, radar
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Atmospheric sciences
Research Field:Atmospheric dynamics
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Molera Calves, G (Dr Guifre Molera Calves)
ID Code:134575
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Mathematics and Physics
Deposited On:2019-08-21
Last Modified:2019-09-17

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