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TitleSpatial Variations of Ocean Wave Spectra in Coastal Regions from RADARSAT and ERS Synthetic Aperture Radar Images
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AuthorOcampo-Torres, F J
SourceSixth International Conference on Remote Sensing for Marine and Coastal Environments, Charleston, South Carolina, 1-3 May; 2000., Open Access logo Open Access
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20042834
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
Released2000 01 01
AbstractComplex ocean wave patterns are visible in ERS-2 and RADARSAT synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images. Within the coastal zone, bathymetry, coastal currents, and changing wind conditions can enhance the wave field's non-linear nature. It is, therefore, appropriate to use a wavelet decomposition to avoid homogeneity assumptions. Through this analysis, the spatial variability of the wave field is revealed and its spectral evolution can be measured as the waves approach the coast. We address the spatial evolution of the wave field in an ERS-2 SAR image of a coastal zone and in a RADARSAT SAR image of Hurricane Mitch.

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