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TitleDetection and characterization of mesoscale cyclones in RADARSAT Synthetic Aperture Radar images of the Labrador Sea
AuthorChunchuzov, I; Vachon, P W; Ramsay, B
SourceCanadian Journal of Remote Sensing vol. 26, issue 3, 2000 p. 213-230,
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20042583
PublisherInforma UK Limited
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
ProvinceEastern offshore region; Northern offshore region
AreaLabrador Sea
Lat/Long WENS -60.0000 -40.0000 65.0000 45.0000
SubjectsSAR imagery
Illustrationslocation maps; satellite images; plots
Released2014 07 31
AbstractWe consider RADARSAT synthetic aperture radar (SAR) ScanSAR wide mode images of several mesoscale cyclones that developed over the Labrador Sea during the winter of 1997/98. The three case studies demonstrate RADARSAT ScanSAR's capability to provide detailed information on the near surface wind field structure associated with these intense storms. The SAR images, along with accompanying meteorological conditions and thermal infrared images of the associated cloud patterns, show the spiral-form shear zones of the cyclones as well as nearby organized convection during various stages of cyclone development. In future, ocean wind fields retrieved from RADARSAT ScanSAR images could help to improve simulation models for polar and other mesoscale cyclones and could have a role in operational marine meterology.

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