Accession Number : AD0749560

Title :   An Oceanographic Test Site for Satellite Infrared Sensors: The Gulf of California.

Descriptive Note : Informal rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC OFFICE WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : LaViolette,Paul E.

Report Date : SEP 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 27

Abstract : Although the ability to obtain sea surface temperatures from satellite infrared sensors has been proven, the best possible resolution of these sensors has not been determined. This resolution is a function of the satellite sensor's limitations. The most important of these are: atmospheric moisture error, system noise, and navigational accuracy. The extent of these limitations (and thus the sensor's best possible resolution) can be found by using the data from an inflight comparison between the satellite sensors and ground stations in an ideal region. The prime requirements for such a region are: extremely dry atmosphere, a minimum of clouds, distinctive land masses for satellite positioning and a fairly uniform sea surface temperature field. Several regions having these requirements exist, the closest to the continental United States is the Gulf of California. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SEA WATER, SURFACE TEMPERATURE), METEOROLOGICAL SATELLITES, METEOROLOGICAL INSTRUMENTS, INFRARED DETECTORS, HUMIDITY, BLACKBODY RADIATION, CALIBRATION

Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE