On the Inversion of Wind Scatterometer Data

Maurizio MIGLIACCIO  Maurizio SARTI  Stefania MARSILI  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E84-C   No.12   pp.1857-1867
Publication Date: 2001/12/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on New Technologies in Signal Processing for Electromagnetic-wave Sensing and Imaging)
microwave remote sensing,  wind scatterometer,  inverse problem,  

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The scatterometer is a real aperture radar capable to perform a set of normalized radar cross section measurements under different azimuth angles for each resolution cell. The main field of application of a wind scatterometer regards the sea surface wind field determination. As a matter of fact, once such measurements have been performed it is possible to determine the sea surface wind field by means of an inversion procedure. In this paper we present a novel inversion scheme which is an evolution of the procedure nowday used by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) under the Italian Processing and Archiving Facility (I-PAF). A full comparative study shows that the novel inversion scheme better behaves whenever light wind regimes are in question.