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Microwave radiometric determination of wind speed at the surface of the ocean during BESEX

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2 Author(s)
T. Wilheit ; NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA ; M. G. Fowler

Microwave radiometric measurements were made at wavelengths ranging from 0.8 to 2.8 cm at altitudes from 0.16 to 11 km under well documented meteorological conditions over the Bering Sea. It is shown that determinations of wind speed at the ocean surface and liquid water content of the clouds may be made from such data. Determinations were made from two simultaneous but independent sets of radiometric measurements. The wind speeds and liquid water contents made from these two sets showed remarkable agreement. Independent estimates of these parameters made from in situ measurements showed reasonable agreement as well.

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IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering  (Volume:2 ,  Issue: 1 )