A Radar Modulation Transfer Function for Oceanic Internal Waves

TitleA Radar Modulation Transfer Function for Oceanic Internal Waves
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsDagestad, K-F, Kudryavtsev, VN, Johannessen, JA, Hansen, MW
Refereed DesignationUnknown
Conference NameESA Living Planet Symposium
Series/Publication TitleESA publication SP-686
Conference Location and DateBergen, June 28 - July 2, 2010

Signatures of oceanic internal waves are frequently visible on Synthetic Aperture Radar images. The observed radar backscatter modulations are due to induced surface current variations, but the degree of modulation depend on several factors, such as the phase speed of the internal waves, the ambient wind and viewing geometry. Dimensional analysis is here used to derive simplified expressions relating the observed radar backscatter modulation to relevant geophysical parameters. The derived expressions agree well with simulations with a sophisticated radar imaging model, which is used to determine the free parameters.

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