Recent Satellite Studies
During the past decade the global networks of meteorological observations have been richly supplemented by a growing wealth of satellite data. Amongst the quantities of interest to meteorologists or oceanographers, measured or derived from satellite observations over the oceans are: cloud amount and type; reflected short wave radiation and albedo; total outgoing long-wave radiation; long-wave radiation in selected wave bands; the radiation balance of the earth-atmosphere system; temperature and height of cloud tops; sea surface temperature; atmospheric vertical temperature profile; atmospheric water vapour content; low-level wind speeds; winds at cloud levels; the fields of divergence and vorticity of the air flow; the sea state; and the extent of sea ice. In addition there are proposals for the future measurement of chlorophyll and plankton population by spectrometry.
KeywordsIndian Ocean Tropical Cyclone Cloud Cluster Minimum Brightness Satellite Picture
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