Oceanography from Space: Revisited

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Vittorio Barale, J.F.R. Gower, L. Alberotanza
Springer Science & Business Media, Apr 26, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 374 pages
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To all those sailors / Who dreamed before us / Of another way to sail the oceans. The dedication of this Volume is meant to recall, and honour, the bold pioneers of ocean exploration, ancient as well as modern. As a marine scientist, dealing with the oceans through the complex tools, ?lters and mechanisms of contemporary research, I have always wondered what it was like, in centuries past, to look at that vast ho- zon with the naked eye, not knowing what was ahead, and yet to sail on. I have tried to imagine what ancient sailors felt, when “the unknown swirls around and engulfs the mind”, as a forgotten author simply described the brave, perhaps reckless, act of facing such a hostile, menacing and yet fascinating adventure. Innovation has always been the key element, I think, for their success: another way, a better way, a more effective, safer and worthier way was the proper answer to the challenge. The map of our world has been changed time and again, from the geographical as well as the social, economic and scienti?c points of view, by the new discoveries of those sailors. One of the positive qualities of human beings is without doubt the inborn desire to expand their horizons, to see what lies beyond, to learn and understand.
 

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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
73
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
273
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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