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Application of satellite surface wind data to ocean wind analysis
Author(s): Robert Atlas; Joseph Ardizzone; Ross N. Hoffman
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Paper Abstract

A new set of cross-calibrated, multi-satellite ocean surface wind data is described. The principal data set covers the global ocean for the period beginning in 1987 with six-hour and 25-km resolution, and is produced by combining all ocean surface wind speed observations from SSM/I, AMSR-E, and TMI, and all ocean surface wind vector observations from QuikSCAT and SeaWinds. An enhanced variational analysis method (VAM) performs quality control and combines these data with available conventional ship and buoy data and ECMWF analyses. The VAM analyses fit the data used very closely and contain small-scale structures not present in operational analyses. Comparisons with withheld WindSat observations are also shown to be very good. These data sets should be extremely useful to atmospheric and oceanic research, and to air-sea interaction studies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7087, Remote Sensing System Engineering, 70870B (25 August 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.795371
Show Author Affiliations
Robert Atlas, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States)
Joseph Ardizzone, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ross N. Hoffman, Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7087:
Remote Sensing System Engineering
Philip E. Ardanuy; Jeffery J. Puschell, Editor(s)

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