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Evaluating and Extending the Ocean Wind Climate Data Record.

Title: Evaluating and Extending the Ocean Wind Climate Data Record.
Name(s): Wentz, Frank J, author
Ricciardulli, Lucrezia, author
Rodriguez, Ernesto, author
Stiles, Bryan W, author
Bourassa, Mark A, author
Long, David G, author
Hoffman, Ross N, author
Stoffelen, Ad, author
Verhoef, Anton, author
O'Neill, Larry W, author
Farrar, J Tomas, author
Vandemark, Douglas, author
Fore, Alexander G, author
Hristova-Veleva, Svetla M, author
Turk, F Joseph, author
Gaston, Robert, author
Tyler, Douglas, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Journal Article
Date Issued: 2017-05-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Satellite microwave sensors, both active scatterometers and passive radiometers, have been systematically measuring near-surface ocean winds for nearly 40 years, establishing an important legacy in studying and monitoring weather and climate variability. As an aid to such activities, the various wind datasets are being intercalibrated and merged into consistent climate data records (CDRs). The ocean wind CDRs (OW-CDRs) are evaluated by comparisons with ocean buoys and intercomparisons among the different satellite sensors and among the different data providers. Extending the OW-CDR into the future requires exploiting all available datasets, such as OSCAT-2 scheduled to launch in July 2016. Three planned methods of calibrating the OSCAT-2 measurements include 1) direct Ku-band intercalibration to QuikSCAT and RapidScat; 2) multisensor wind speed intercalibration; and 3) calibration to stable rainforest targets. Unfortunately, RapidScat failed in August 2016 and cannot be used to directly calibrate OSCAT-2. A particular future continuity concern is the absence of scheduled new or continuation radiometer missions capable of measuring wind speed. Specialized model assimilations provide 30-year long high temporal/spatial resolution wind vector grids that composite the satellite wind information from OW-CDRs of multiple satellites viewing the Earth at different local times.
Identifier: FSU_pmch_28824741 (IID), 10.1109/JSTARS.2016.2643641 (DOI), PMC5562405 (PMCID), 28824741 (RID), 28824741 (EID)
Keywords: Radar cross section, Remote sensing, Satellite applications, Sea surface, Wind
Grant Number: NNX13AI28A, NNX14AM67G
Publication Note: This NIH-funded author manuscript originally appeared in PubMed Central at
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: IEEE journal of selected topics in applied earth observations and remote sensing.
Issue: iss. 5, vol. 10

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Wentz, F. J., Ricciardulli, L., Rodriguez, E., Stiles, B. W., Bourassa, M. A., Long, D. G., … Tyler, D. (2017). Evaluating and Extending the Ocean Wind Climate Data Record. Ieee Journal Of Selected Topics In Applied Earth Observations And Remote Sensing. Retrieved from