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Foundations for Innovative Application of Airborne Radars

Measuring the Water Surface Backscattering Signature and Wind


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Earth Sciences book series (BRIEFSEARTH)

About this book


The ‘wind vector’ – wind speed and direction – is a main meteorological quantity and relevant for air-sea exchange processes. This book explores the use of several airborne microwave instruments, some of which are part of standard aircraft equipment, in determining the local wind vector over water. This is worthwhile as local wind information is usually only available at measurements sites like weather stations and airports, and global wind information from satellites has very coarse resolution and poor temporal coverage – at most a few times daily. In his book, Nekrasov uses known results in a novel way and gives explicit and application-oriented descriptions how to additionally retrieve local wind information from standard airborne microwave instruments. The results presented here are highly valuable for flight operation above the sea (e.g., search-and-rescue) but also for complementing other measurements of atmospheric or oceanic parameters during research flights.


Airborne Radar Altimeter and airborne precipitation radar Airborne Weather Radar Doppler Navigation System Oceanography Remote Sensing Sea Wind Water Surface Backscattering Wind Vector

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Security of Information TechnologiesSouthern Federal University Taganrog Institute of TechnologyTaganrogRussia

About the authors

Alexey Nekrasov has been a reviewer of the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing and the ISPRS International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, a member of the State Examination Board, and an academic mobility coordinator at the Faculty of Information Security. He has four official records of thanks for an excellent work from the university administration in his workbook

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