A study aimed at retrieving sea surface wind fields of semi-enclosed basins from combined use of SAR imagery and a high resolution mesoscale numerical atmospheric model, is presented. Two consecutive ERS-2 SAR frames and a set of NOAA/AVHRR and MODIS images acquired over the North Tyrrhenian Sea on March 30, 2000 were used for the analysis. SAR wind speeds and directions at 10 m above the sea surface were retrieved using the semi-empirical backscatter models CMOD4 and CMOD-IFREMER. Surface wind vectors predicted by the meteorological ETA model were exploited as guess input to SAR wind inversion procedure. ETA is a three-dimensional, primitive equation, grid-point model currently operational at the National Centers for Environmental Prediction of the U.S. National Weather Service. The model was adapted to run with a resolution up to about 4.0 Km. It was found that the inversion methodology was not able to resolve wind speed modulations due to the action of an atmospheric gravity wave, called “lee wave”, which occurred in the analyzed area. A simple atmospheric wave propagation model was thus used to account for the SAR observed surface wind speed modulation. Synergy with ETA model outputs was further exploited in simulations where atmospheric parameters up-wind the atmospheric wave were provided as input to the lee wave propagation model.
|Anno di pubblicazione:||2006|
|Titolo:||Synergic use of SAR imagery and high resolution atmospheric model to estimate marine wind fields : an application in presence of an atmospheric gravity wave episode.|
|Autori:||M. ADAMO; G. DE CAROLIS; S. MORELLI; F. PARMIGGIANI|
|Volume:||Special Issue AIT-CETEM,35|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Articolo su rivista|
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