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The relationship between wind vector and normalized radar cross section used to derive Seasat-A Satellite Scatterometer windsThe Seasat-A Satellite Scatterometer (SASS) ocean normalized radar cross section (NRCS) dependence on the 19.5-m neutral stability wind vector may be specified as a function of radar incidence angle, the angle between wind direction and radar azimuth, and the neutral stability wind speed expressed in m/sec at a height of 19.5 m. An account is given of the development of models both expressing this relationship and providing the basis of inversion of NRCS to SASS winds, from initially aircraft scatterometer measurement-based forms to three Seasat field-validation experiments which furnish model NRCS versus surface windspeed data for comparison with SASS data.
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Schroeder, L. C. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Jones, W. L. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Boggs, D. H. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Halberstam, I. M. (California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA, United States)
Dome, G. (University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc., Lawrence KS, United States)
Pierson, W. J. (New York, City University New York, NY, United States)
Wentz, F. J. (Remote Sensing Systems, Inc. Sausalito, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 10, 2013
Publication Date
April 30, 1982
Publication Information
Publication: Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume: 87
Subject Category
Distribution Limits