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Upwelling region wind speed correction method for wind retrieval from synthetic aperture radar imagery in the East China Sea

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Junfang Chang

Ocean University of China, Institute of Ocean Remote Sensing, Qingdao 266100, China

State Key Laboratory of Satellite Ocean Environment Dynamics, Second Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration, Hangzhou 310012, China

Weigen Huang

State Key Laboratory of Satellite Ocean Environment Dynamics, Second Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration, Hangzhou 310012, China

Xiulin Lou

State Key Laboratory of Satellite Ocean Environment Dynamics, Second Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration, Hangzhou 310012, China

Aiqin Shi

State Key Laboratory of Satellite Ocean Environment Dynamics, Second Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration, Hangzhou 310012, China

J. Appl. Remote Sens. 6(1), 063540 (Jul 03, 2012). doi:10.1117/1.JRS.6.063540
History: Received January 14, 2012; Revised April 13, 2012; Accepted April 23, 2012
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Abstract.  The satellite-borne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) has been proven to be a valuable tool for high resolution ocean surface wind measurements. However, oceanic surface phenomena observed by SAR and oceanic processes which can cause the change of backscatter in SAR imagery will influence the SAR wind retrieval. Upwelling is one of the main factors, and it is prevalent in the East China Sea. It smooths the sea surface which results in a lower backscatter cross section in SAR imagery. In this study, using sea surface temperature and chlorophyll2-a data derived from Earth Observing System (EOS) MODIS, the low backscatter features in ENVISAT advanced synthetic aperture radar (ASAR) imagery are analyzed. A CMOD4 algorithm is adopted to retrieve the sea surface wind speed from SAR imagery. Results show that the wind speed is negatively biased due to the low normalized radar cross section associated with the upwelling. In order to resolve the impact of coastal upwelling on SAR wind retrieval, combined with high resolution numerical meteorological model wind field data, a wind speed correction method is proposed by using linear robust regression. To demonstrate the applicability of this method, underestimated wind speeds retrieved from ENVISAT ASAR images in the upwelling areas of Zhejiang coast and the sea area near northeast of Taiwan are corrected. Results show that the accuracy of upwelling region SAR wind retrieval data has been improved.

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Junfang Chang ; Weigen Huang ; Xiulin Lou and Aiqin Shi
"Upwelling region wind speed correction method for wind retrieval from synthetic aperture radar imagery in the East China Sea", J. Appl. Remote Sens. 6(1), 063540 (Jul 03, 2012). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JRS.6.063540


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