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Polarimetric measurements of sea surface brightness temperatures using an aircraft K-band radiometer

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5 Author(s)
Yueh, S.H. ; Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Technol., Pasadena, CA, USA ; Wilson, W.J. ; Fuk K.Li ; Nghiem, S.V.
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Presents the first experimental evidence that the polarimetric brightness temperatures of sea surfaces are sensitive to ocean wind direction in the incidence angle range of 30 to 50°. The experimental data were collected by a K-band (19.35 GHz) polarimetric wind radiometer (WINDRAD) mounted on the NASA DC-8 aircraft. A set of aircraft radiometer flights was successfully completed in November 1993. The authors performed circle flights over National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) moored buoys deployed off the northern California coast, which provided ocean wind measurements. The results indicate that passive polarimetric radiometry has a strong potential for global ocean wind speed and direction measurements from space

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:33 ,  Issue: 1 )