An Introduction to Microwave Remote Sensing of the Asian Seas

  • Martin GadeEmail author
  • Ad Stoffelen


In this chapter passive and active microwave sensors are introduced, their basic measurement principles are described, and few examples of microwave (MW) remote sensing of the Asian Seas are given. The space-borne sensors under consideration are MW radiometer, altimeter, scatterometer, and synthetic aperture radar (SAR). It is demonstrated that changes in the sea surface roughness can be used to infer ocean surface vector wind fields, but also that this roughness may depend on other parameters such as SST, waves and currents.


RADAR Microwaves Altimeter Radiometer Scatterometer SAR Bragg scattering Wind vector Normalized radar cross section 



Some of the authors’ views expressed in this chapter have been developed through discussions in a wide international forum, among which the International Ocean Vector Winds Science Team (IOVWST) and the International Winds Working Group (IWWG).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Meereskunde, Universität HamburgHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)De BiltThe Netherlands

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