Oceanography from Space: Revisited (Google eBook)

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Vittorio Barale, J. F. R. Gower, L. Alberotanza
Springer Science & Business Media, Apr 26, 2010 - Aquatic biology - 392 pages
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This Volume collects a series of key-note lectures delivered at the fourth “Oceans from Space” Symposium, held in Venice, Italy, in 2010. The revisited postscript in the title identifies it as the ideal follow-up of the legendary Oceanography from Space, edited by J.F.R. Gower and published in 1980, following the very first edition of “Oceans from Space”. This series of conferences, which are held every 10 years only, is designed as a periodical state-of-the-art review of satellite oceanography, providing both an outline of current research, as well as a forum to debate topical issues. The “Oceans from Space” Venice 2010 lectures, authored by a unique group of prominent scientists, address virtually every facet of oceanographic remote sensing. All salient marine applications of passive and active techniques are covered in the present collection. The main results already achieved, or soon to come, demonstrate the potential of Earth Observations to help explore the dynamical and bio-geo-chemical features of the World’s Oceans. V. BARALE graduated in Physics in 1977, from the University of Milan, and then received both his M.S., in 1982, and Ph.D., in 1986, at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, from the University of California at San Diego. Since 1990 he has been with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. His research focuses on the ecological assessment of marginal and enclosed (European) seas, using optical remote sensing. J.F.R. GOWER received his Ph.D. in Radio Astronomy in 1966 at the University of Cambridge, England, after graduating in Natural Sciences from the same University in 1962. He moved to Canada and joined the University of British Columbia in 1967. Since 1971 he has been at the Institute of Ocean Sciences, where he worked on optical, SAR and altimeter satellite data. He originated the “Oceans from Space” Conference series.
L. ALBEROTANZA graduated in Geology in 1969 at the University of Padova. His career developed at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), in Venice, where he has done research on optical remote sensing of marine, coastal and lagoon areas. He has been Director of the Venice CNR Institute, Professor at the University of Venice, and is now President of the Venice City Council Tidal Forecasting and Early Warning Centre.
  

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Contents

Satellite Oceanography in a Changing World
1
An Overview
13
The Era of Spaceborne Salinity Measurements is About to Begin
35
4 Discoveries About Tropical Cyclones Provided by Microwave Remote Sensing
59
5 Direct Surface Current Field Imaging from Space by AlongTrack InSAR and Conventional SAR
72
6 Scatterometers Unique Capability in Measuring Ocean Surface Stress
93
A Multisensor Approach
113
8 Perspectives on Oil Spill Detection Using Synthetic Aperture Radar
131
Status and Outlook
211
14 The Validation of Sea Surface Temperature Retrievals from Spaceborne Infrared Radiometers
229
15 Use of TIR from Space in Operational Systems
249
16 The Past Present and Future of the AVHRR Pathfinder SST Program
272
17 Some Reflections on ThirtyFive Years of Ocean Color Remote Sensing
289
18 Field Radiometry and Ocean Color Remote Sensing
307
19 Forecasting the Coastal Optical Properties Using Satellite Ocean Color
335
Achievements and Future Perspectives
349

Progress and Challenges
147
Status and Prospects in the Upcoming GOCE Era
165
11 The Marine Geoid and Satellite Altimetry
181
A Privileged View from Satellite Altimetry
195
Acronyms
360
Subject Index
369
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