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SAR imagery in studying internal waves in the northern South China Sea
Author(s): Junmin Meng; Jie Zhang; Wei Song; Jungang Yang
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Paper Abstract

Synthetic Aperture Radar is a most useful instrument for internal wave observation. The northern of South China Sea (SCS) is one of interested sea areas to researchers, and the large amplitude and long-crested internal solitary waves in this area are often encountered in SAR images. The waves are generated by the interaction between the tidal current and shallow bottom topography in the Luzon Strait. The spatio-temporal distribution of internal solitary waves in the northern of SCS is studied by analyzing the ERS SAR images from 1995 to 2001. In the South China Sea internal wave occurs frequently from May to August, and infrequently from November to next March. The frequent occurring area of internal wave is located in north of coral reef Dongsha. Using an ERS-2 SAR image the amplitudes of internal waves in Xijiang oil field in Northern of South China Sea are estimated by one-dimensional model with good result compared with data in situ.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 May 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4892, Ocean Remote Sensing and Applications, (8 May 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.466790
Show Author Affiliations
Junmin Meng, First Institute of Oceanography (SOA) (China)
Jie Zhang, First Institute of Oceanography (SOA) (China)
Wei Song, First Institute of Oceanography (SOA) (United States)
Jungang Yang, First Institute of Oceanography (SOA) (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4892:
Ocean Remote Sensing and Applications
Robert J. Frouin; Yeli Yuan; Hiroshi Kawamura, Editor(s)

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