Accession Number : AD0696492

Title :   MEASUREMENT OF OCEAN WAVES IN A SATELLITE PHOTOGRAPH,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Libby,L. M. ; Libby,W. F. ; Lawrence,S. S.

Report Date : OCT 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : Apollo 6 photographs of the surface of the ocean, made within two hours of noon solar time are found to show wave structure of the sea with remarkable clarity. The wave length distribution has been measured from about 1000 waves in a single photograph of about 10,000 sq mi area. With better photographic definition wave height could probably also be measured from deformation of edges of cloud shadows. Using this method it would be possible to measure wave length and wave height distributions daily of all oceans, with a polar orbiting satellite carrying a television camera. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*OCEAN SURVEILLANCE, MANNED SPACECRAFT), (*OCEAN WAVES, AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY), DIURNAL VARIATIONS, CLOUDS, PHOTOINTERPRETATION, TELEVISION CAMERAS, POLAR ORBIT TRAJECTORIES, SATELLITES(ARTIFICIAL)

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE