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TitleThe Ocean Monitoring Workstation: Experience Gained with RADARSAT
AuthorHenschel, M D; Olsen, R B; Hoyt, P; Vachon, P W
SourceInternational Symposium, Geomatics in the Era of RADARSAT (GER'97), Ottawa, Canada, May 25-30; 1997 p. 12
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20042217
AbstractOne of the main advantages with a satellite imaging sensor, such as the RADARSAT SAR, is the ability to cover large areas of the Earth's surface in a short time. The challenge in using this sensor over the oceans, is to reduce vast amounts of collected data into useful information in a short enough time to be useful in the rapidly changing ocean environment. The Ocean Monitoring Workstation (OMW) has been developed to extract information in RADARSAT images collected over the ocean. The system is designed to use state of the art algorithms for retrieval of wind and wave information, the location of major ocean and atmospheric features, as well information on vessels. The extracted information is formatted into products designed for ease of interpretation and for transmission to operational centres on land and at sea. RADARSAT has now been in orbit for more than a year. During this time, significant experience has been gained, both in satellite operations, data acquisition, and in processing data with the OMW. The SAR has been shown to provide high quality imagery. The many beams and modes of the radar allow the user significant flexibility in acquiring marine environmental information. The OFW has been used for ship detection, for wind measurements, and for estimates of wave conditions. This paper will discuss our experience, and relate it to RADARSAT data characteristics and the OMW performance.

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