The Emissivity Of Foam-Covered Water Surface At L-Band: Theoretical Modeling And Experimental Results From The FROG 2003 Field Experiment
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Sea surface salinity can be measured by microwave radiometry at L-band (1400-1427 MHz). This frequency is a compromise between sensitivity to the salinity, small atmospheric perturbation, and reasonable pixel resolution. The description of the ocean emission depends on two main factors: (1) the sea water permittivity, which is a function of salinity, temperature, and frequency, and (2) the sea surface state, which depends on the wind-induced wave spectrum, swell, and rain-induced roughness spectrum, and by the foam coverage and its emissivity. This study presents a simplified two-layer emission model for foam-covered water and the results of a controlled experiment to measure the foam emissivity as a function of salinity, foam thickness, incidence angle, and polarization. Experimental results are presented, and then compared to the two-layer foam emission model with the measured foam parameters used as input model parameters. At 37 psu salt water the foam-induced emissivity increase is /spl sim/0.007 per millimeter of foam thickness (extrapolated to nadir), increasing with increasing incidence angles at vertical polarization, and decreasing with increasing incidence angles at horizontal polarization.
CitationCamps, A.; Vall-llossera, M.; Villarino, R.; Reul, N.; Chapron, B.; Corbella, I.; Duffo, N.; Torres, F.; Miranda, J.; Sabia, R.; Monerris, A.; Rodríguez, R. The emissivity of foam-covered water surface at L-band: theoretical modeling and experimental results from the FROG 2003 field experiment. IEEE Transactions on geoscience and remote sensing, 2005, vol. 43, núm. 5, p. 925-937.
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