Ocean Surface Current Detection by Synthetic Aperture Radar

  • F. I. Gonzalez
  • C. L. Rufenach
  • R. A. Shuchman
Part of the Marine Science book series (MR, volume 13)


Synthetic aperture radar Doppler histories have been used to obtain estimates of ocean surface currents. For currents in excess of 1 meter/second, airborne radar measurements agree with surface observations to within 25 percent. Satellite measurements, however, yield current speeds far in excess of surface estimates. The technique developed to obtain the Doppler information is described, and possible sources of error are discussed.


Synthetic Aperture Radar Synthetic Aperture Radar Image Doppler Spectrum Synthetic Aperture Radar Data Surface Gravity Wave 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. I. Gonzalez
    • 1
  • C. L. Rufenach
    • 2
  • R. A. Shuchman
    • 3
  1. 1.Pacific Marine Environmental LaboratoryNational Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Wave Propagation LaboratoryNational Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationBoulderUSA
  3. 3.Radar and Optics DivisionEnvironmental Research Institute of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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