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Short-Wave Ocean Wave Slope Models for Use in Remote Sensing Data Analysis


Heron, ML and Skirving, WJ and Michael, KJ, Short-Wave Ocean Wave Slope Models for Use in Remote Sensing Data Analysis, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 44, (7) pp. 1962-1973. ISSN 0196-2892 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1109/TGRS.2006.870439


Recent developments in the directionality of sea waves are reviewed and adapted into a working model for radiometric remote sensing. There is a weight of evidence, both theoretical and observational, that a bimodality exists in the directional wave spectrum for sea surface gravity waves at wavenumbers greater than the value at the peak of the spectrum. We develop a model for the directional splitting which is consistent with observations but which extrapolates in a credible manner to the omnidirectionality observed at wavelengths around 0.3 m. At shorter wavelengths the directional spectrum becomes unimodal and has an approximately constant shape across the gravity-capillary wave regime. A working model is suggested for the directionality of the wave spectrum to improve the analysis of radiometric sea surface data. The model will also be useful for other analyses including active radar techniques which use Bragg scatter. © 2006 IEEE.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Physical oceanography
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Oceanic processes (excl. in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean)
UTAS Author:Michael, KJ (Dr Kelvin Michael)
ID Code:42986
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:IASOS
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2007-05-02

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