NOAA STAR SAR Marine User's Guide

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SAR Marine Users Manual
(September 2004)
Christopher Jackson / John Apel  
Editors

From the PREFACE
    The objective of the SAR  Marine User's Manual is to lay out, for a wide range of users, the types of information that may be obtained from SAR images of the ocean, and methods of analyzing the imagery.  It is intended for non-expert but scientifically literate workers who wish to use synthetic aperture data in their studies but who do not quite know what of make of the data. 
    Spaceborne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) provides a unique view of the Earth’s surface.  The finely detailed imagery of the ocean’s surface from a SAR is assuredly the most complex and least understood data provided by remote sensing instruments.  The sea surface can appear featureless or contain the signatures of such diverse phenomena as surface and internal waves, upwelling, current boundaries, shallow water bathymetry, wind, rainfall, roll vortices, convective cells, storms, and a wide variety of sea ice forms.

 

Please direct inquiries to editor@sarusersmanual.com

Full Manual - 181MB


TABLE OF CONTENTS PDF File
Frontmatter
0.5 MB
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Part I.Background
Chapter 1. Principles of Synthetic Aperture Radar
7.4 MB
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Chapter 2. SAR Imaging of the Ocean Surface
65.8 MB
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Chapter 3. SAR Measurements of Sea Ice
13.7 MB
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Part II. Oceanic Measurements
Chapter 4. Microwave Scattering from the Sea
8.6 MB
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Chapter 5. Ocean Surface Waves and Spectra
15.8 MB
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Chapter 6. Wave Refraction, Breaking, and Other Near-Shore Processes

2.2 MB
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Chapter 7. Oceanic Internal Waves and Solitons
33.3 MB
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Chapter 8. Ocean Currents and Current Gradients
23.8 MB
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Chapter 9. Upwelling
17.0 MB
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Chapter 10. Underwater Topography
8.8 MB
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Chapter 11. Oils and Surfactants
6.8 MB
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Chapter 12. Ship and Wake Detection
48.3 MB
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Part III. Atmospheric Boundary Layer Measurements
Chapter 13. Wind Speed and Direction
11.5 MB
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Chapter 14. Marine Atmospheric Boundary Layer Cellular Convection and Longitudinal Roll Vortices

6.6 MB
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Chapter 15. Mesoscale Storm Systems
9.2 MB
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Chapter 16. Atmospheric Vortex Streets and Gravity Waves
10.9 MB
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Chapter 17. Rainfall
6.4 MB
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Part IV.  Sea Ice Observations
Chapter 18. Processes at the Ice Edge - The Arctic
18.4 MB
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Chapter 19. Antarctic Sea Ice and Icebergs
9.3 MB
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Chapter 20. Synthetic Aperture Radar for Operational Ice Observation and Analysis


39.9 MB
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Appendices
Appendices: A. Satellite Data and Image Products, B. Image Archives and Resources, C. SAR Frequency Bands, D. Author Contact Information
1.6 MB
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Index
0.2 MB
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