In this paper, X-band COSMO-SkyMed© SAR wind field retrieval is investigated to force coastal circulation modeling. The SAR data set consists of 60 X-band Level 1B Multi-Look Ground Detected ScanSAR Huge Region COSMO-SkyMed© SAR data, gathered in the Southern Tyrrhenian Sea during the Summer and Winter seasons of 2010. The SAR-based wind vector field estimation is accomplished by resolving both the SAR-based wind speed and wind direction retrieval problems independently. The sea surface wind speed is retrieved by means of a SAR wind speed algorithm based on the Azimuth cut-off procedure, while the sea surface wind direction is provided by means of a SAR wind direction algorithm based on the Discrete Wavelet Transform Multi-Resolution Analysis. The obtained wind fields are compared with ground truth data provided by both ASCAT scatterometer and ECMWF model wind fields. SAR-derived wind vector fields and ECMWF model wind data are used to construct a blended wind product regularly sampled in both space and time, which is then used to force a coastal circulation model of a Southern Tyrrhenian coastal area to simulate wind-driven circulation processes. The modeling results clearly show that X-band COSMO-SkyMed© SAR data can be valuable in providing effective wind fields for coastal circulation modeling.

X-band COSMO-SkyMed wind field retrieval, with application to coastal circulation modeling

MONTUORI, ANTONIO;DE RUGGIERO, PAOLA;MIGLIACCIO, Maurizio;PIERINI, Stefano;SPEZIE, Giancarlo
2012

Abstract

In this paper, X-band COSMO-SkyMed© SAR wind field retrieval is investigated to force coastal circulation modeling. The SAR data set consists of 60 X-band Level 1B Multi-Look Ground Detected ScanSAR Huge Region COSMO-SkyMed© SAR data, gathered in the Southern Tyrrhenian Sea during the Summer and Winter seasons of 2010. The SAR-based wind vector field estimation is accomplished by resolving both the SAR-based wind speed and wind direction retrieval problems independently. The sea surface wind speed is retrieved by means of a SAR wind speed algorithm based on the Azimuth cut-off procedure, while the sea surface wind direction is provided by means of a SAR wind direction algorithm based on the Discrete Wavelet Transform Multi-Resolution Analysis. The obtained wind fields are compared with ground truth data provided by both ASCAT scatterometer and ECMWF model wind fields. SAR-derived wind vector fields and ECMWF model wind data are used to construct a blended wind product regularly sampled in both space and time, which is then used to force a coastal circulation model of a Southern Tyrrhenian coastal area to simulate wind-driven circulation processes. The modeling results clearly show that X-band COSMO-SkyMed© SAR data can be valuable in providing effective wind fields for coastal circulation modeling.
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