Detection of wave fronts in the Indian Ocean from geostationary sunglint satellite imagery

Type Article
Date 2007-06
Language English
Author(s) Turiel A.1, Isern-Fontanet Jordi2, 3, Garcia-Ladona E.1, Young J. A.4
Affiliation(s) 1 : CSIC, Inst Ciencias Mar, E-08003 Barcelona, Spain.
2 : IFREMER, Lab Phys Ocean, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
3 : IFREMER, Lab Oceanog Spatiale, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
4 : Univ Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706 USA.
Source International Journal of Remote Sensing (0143-1161) (Taylor and Francis), 2007-06 , Vol. 28 , N. 17 , P. 3953-3962
DOI 10.1080/01431160601047789
WOS© Times Cited 4
Abstract We demonstrate the potential of monitoring coherent wave fronts on the tropical ocean surface using an advanced detection algorithm applied to visible sunglintaffected imagery from geostationary satellites. Data from MeteoSat are processed with the advanced analysis technique to reveal transient wave activity near and to the west of the Mascarene Ridge of the western Indian Ocean. The technique is based on a wavelet-based singularity analysis which enhances the subtle but highly coherent wave patterns in the meteorological satellite data. It is likely that the patterns represent internal ocean waves, a pathway to ocean mixing and climate. The prospect for using this detection algorithm in greatly expanded satellite global surveys of wave activity is outlined.
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