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Remote sensing of river and ocean surface currents
Author(s): George David Emmitt
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Paper Abstract

Vast amounts of energy and chemical constituents are moved about within ocean and river currents. IN the case of deep ocean currents, some reasonable estimates of this transport can be derived from models and sea surface altimetry data. River flows can be estimated form river channel models and indirectly form stage/discharge relationships. However, much of what we know with some measure of accuracy about river and ocean current si derived form in situ measurements. Current meters are the usual choice for obtaining direct observations of the current profiles with depth. Obtaining such profiles using some form of remote sensing is a technological challenge. Surface currents, on the other hand, are more attractive targets for non-contact monitoring. However, useful relationships between the surface motion and the deeper motions are problematic with confounders including wind stress and/or density stratification. In spite of these impediments, there may indeed be some useful information derivable from observations limited to the surface motions of the oceans or rivers, particularly if observations can be obtained with high spatial and temporal density. This paper looks at the possibility of measuring surface currents using airborne and space-based Doppler lidars.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 January 2002
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4484, Lidar Remote Sensing for Industry and Environment Monitoring II, (9 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.452797
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George David Emmitt, Simpson Weather Associates, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4484:
Lidar Remote Sensing for Industry and Environment Monitoring II
Upendra N. Singh, Editor(s)

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