Accession Number : ADP000380

Title :   Aircraft and Satellite Measurement of Ocean Wave Directional Spectra Using Scanning-Beam Microwave Radars,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION GREENBELT MD GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER

Personal Author(s) : Jackson,Frederick C. ; Walton,W. Travis ; Baker,Paul L.

Report Date : NOV 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 36

Abstract : A microwave radar technique for remotely measuring the vector wave-number spectrum of the ocean surface is described. The technique, which employs short-pulse, noncoherent radars in a conical scan mode near vertical incidence, is shown to be suitable for both aircraft and satellite application. The technique has been validated at 10 km aircraft altitude, where we have found excellent agreement between buoy and radar-inferred absolute wave-height spectra. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Ocean waves, *Radar, Radar scanning, Ku band, Airborne, Spaceborne, Spectra, Height, Orientation(Direction), Measurement

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE