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- The potential for remote sensing of ocean wave direction using passive polarimetric microwave observations was investigated. A fixed-beam 91.65 GHz polarimetric radiometer was mounted on the NASA DC-8 aircraft during the Tropical Ocean Global Atmosphere/Coupled Ocean Atmosphere Response Experiment (TOGA/COARE January - February 1993). Several experiments were performed during which the DC-8 was flown in constant bank-angle turns at approximately 1.5 km altitude to obtain azimuthal scans of the sea surface at fixed observation angles. Data at 65 deg from nadir are consistent with previous findings using 19 and 37 GHz Special Sensor Microwave Imager (SSM/1) satellite observations and support the claim that a broadband emission mechanism is responsible for the azimuthal brightness signatures. Accordingly, a tilted-facet geometrical optics (GO) model of the surface was developed to investigate emission from deterministic and random striated surfaces. Laboratory measurements of polarimetric emission at 92 GHz from small-amplitude water-waves corroborate this model.
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Accession ID: 95N32823.
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