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Impact of satellite surface wind observations on ocean surface wind analyses and numerical weather prediction
Author(s): Robert Atlas; Ross N. Hoffman; S. Mark Leidner; Joseph Ardizzone
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Paper Abstract

Since the 1970s, an extensive series of data impact studies has been performed to evaluate and enhance the impact of satellite surface wind data on ocean surface wind analyses and fluxes, atmospheric and oceanic modeling, and weather prediction. These studies led to the first beneficial impacts of scatterometer winds on numerical weather prediction (NWP), the development of the methodology to assimilate surface wind speeds derived from passive microwave radiometry, and the operational use of satellite surface winds by marine forecasters and NWP models. In recent years, the impact of these data on NWP has decreased as more competing data have become available; however, the results of our recent experiments still show a very significant impact of satellite surface winds on ocean surface wind analyses and on the prediction of selected storms over the oceans.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 August 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7811, Atmospheric and Environmental Remote Sensing Data Processing and Utilization VI: Readiness for GEOSS IV, 781102 (12 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.858790
Show Author Affiliations
Robert Atlas, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States)
Ross N. Hoffman, Atmospheric and Environmental Research (United States)
S. Mark Leidner, Atmospheric and Environmental Research (United States)
Joseph Ardizzone, SAIC/NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7811:
Atmospheric and Environmental Remote Sensing Data Processing and Utilization VI: Readiness for GEOSS IV
Mitchell D. Goldberg; Hal J. Bloom, Editor(s)

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