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Experimental relationship between the sea brightness temperature changes and the GNSS-R delay-Doppler maps: Preliminary results of the albatross field experiments

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Valencia, E. ; Dept. Teor. del Senyal i Comunicacions, Univ. Politec. de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain ; Marchan-Hernandez, J.F. ; Camps, A. ; Rodriguez-Alvarez, N.
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The sea surface salinity (SSS) retrieval using microwave radiometry is seriously affected by the sea surface roughness. Global Navigation Satellite Signals Reflected (GNSS-R) have been proposed to perform this roughness correction. The selected observable is the volume of the normalized delay-Doppler map (maximum amplitude equal to one) above a threshold. This observable is related to the extension of the glistening zone, which is related to the sea state. Its validity to account for the surface roughness in terms of significant wave height (SWH) was proved during the ALBATROSS 2008 measurement campaign. In the following ALBATROSS 2009 campaign collocated measurements of instantaneous radiometric brightness temperatures and GNSS-R volumes are obtained by two antennas pointing exactly to the same spot with the same beamwidth and beam properties. This work described the preliminary results of these field experiments.

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium,2009 IEEE International,IGARSS 2009  (Volume:3 )

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12-17 July 2009