Wind Waves in the Arctic Seas: Envisat and AltiKa Data Analysis

Type Article
Date 2015-10
Language English
Author(s) Golubkin Pavel A.1, Chapron BertrandORCID1, 2, Kudryavtsev Vladimir N.1
Affiliation(s) 1 : Russian State Hydrometeorol Univ, Satellite Oceanog Lab, St Petersburg 195196, Russia.
2 : Inst Francais Rech Exploitat Mer, Lab Oceanog Spatialee, Plouzane, France.
Source Marine Geodesy (0149-0419) (Taylor & Francis Inc), 2015-10 , Vol. 38 , N. 4 , P. 289-298
DOI 10.1080/01490419.2014.990592
WOS© Times Cited 8
Keyword(s) Altimetry, remote sensing, satellite altimeter, significant wave height, wind speed
Abstract Wind-generated waves in the Kara, Laptev, and East-Siberian Seas are investigated using altimeter data from Envisat RA-2 and SARAL-AltiKa. Only isolated ice-free zones had been selected for analysis. Wind seas can be treated as pure wind-generated waves without any contamination by ambient swell. Such zones were identified using ice concentration data from microwave radiometers. Altimeter data, both significant wave height (SWH) and wind speed, for these areas were further obtained for the period 2002-2012 using Envisat RA-2 measurements, and for 2013 using SARAL-AltiKa. Dependencies of dimensionless SWH and wavelength on dimensionless wave generation spatial scale are compared to known empirical dependencies for fetch-limited wind wave development. We further check sensitivity of Ka- and Ku-band and discuss new possibilities that AltiKa's higher resolution can open.
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