Accession Number : AD0783547

Title :   The Application of the Nimbus 5 ESMR to Sea Surface Wind Determination.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept. 2 Apr 73-14 Apr 74,

Corporate Author : EARTH SATELLITE CORP WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Sabatini,Romeo R.

Report Date : MAY 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 86

Abstract : The study explores the relationship between the brightness temperatures (T sub B) measured by the Nimbus 5 Electrically Scanning Radiometer (ESMR) and sea surface winds. A relationship between wind and sea surface emissivity is empirically derived from analyses of wind and (T sub B) in the Mistral area of the Mediterranean Sea. As a result of solving the microwave radiation transfer equation for many model atmospheres and surface conditions, the effects of sea surface temperature, emissivity, and atmospheric water are combined into a simple equation which predicts sea surface winds from ESMR T sub B's. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   *Sea states, *Ocean surface, *Wind velocity, *Mediterranean Sea, Microwaves, Radiometers, Air water interactions, Meteorological satellites, Statistical analysis, Brightness

Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE