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
who do not quite know what of make of the data.
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
sea surface can appear featureless or contain the signatures of such
phenomena as surface and internal waves, upwelling, current boundaries,
water bathymetry, wind, rainfall, roll vortices, convective cells,
and a wide variety of sea ice forms.