Scientific Developments and the EPS-SG Scatterometer

The second-generation exploitation of meteorological satellite polar system (EPS-SG) C-band-wavelength scatterometer instrument (called SCA), planned for launch in 2022, has a direct heritage from the successful advanced scatterometer (ASCAT) flown on the current EPS satellites. In addition, SCA will represent three major innovations with respect to ASCAT, namely: 1) Cross polarization and horizontal copolarization; 2) a nominal spatial resolution of 25 km; and 3) 20% greater spatial coverage than ASCAT. The associated expected science and application benefits that led the SCA design are discussed with respect to ocean, land, and sea ice applications for near-real time, climate monitoring, and research purposes. Moreover, an option to implement an ocean Doppler capability to retrieve the ocean motion vector is briefly discussed as well. In conclusion, the SCA instrument innovations are well set to provide timely benefits in all the main application areas of the scatterometer (winds, soil moisture, sea ice) and can be expected to contribute to new and more sophisticated meteorological, oceanographic, land, sea ice, and climate services in the forthcoming SCA era.


Eddy currents, radar signal processing, sea ice, soil measurements, storms, wind

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Stoffelen Ad, Aaboe Signe, Calvet Jean-Christophe, Cotton James, de Chiara Giovanna, Saldana Julia Figa, Mouche Alexis, Portabella Marcos, Scipal Klaus, Wagner Wolfgang (2017). Scientific Developments and the EPS-SG Scatterometer. Ieee Journal Of Selected Topics In Applied Earth Observations And Remote Sensing. 10 (5). 2086-2097.,

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