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The Contribution of Wedge Scattering to the Radar Cross Section of the Ocean Surface

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3 Author(s)
D. R. Lyzenga ; Radar and Optics Division, Environmental Research Institute of Michiaan (ERIM), Ann Arbor, MI 48107 ; A. L. Maffett ; R. A. Shuchman

This letter considers the contribution to the radar cross section of the ocean surface due to scattering from edges for which the local radius of curvature is small compared with the radar wavelength. An analytic expression based on the method of equivalent currents is given for such scattering and is evaluated for several assumed sets of parameters. This contribution is shown to augment the Bragg scattering cross section in regions where the latter underestimates the measured radar cross section, while remaining smaller than the Bragg component elsewhere.

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IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing  (Volume:GE-21 ,  Issue: 4 )