ABSTRACT: This study makes use of the concept of wave age in estimating ocean wave period from space borne altimeter measurements of backscattering coefficient and significant wave height. Introduction of wave age allowed better accounting of the difference between swells and wind waves. Using two years (1998 and 1999) data of TOPEX/Poseidon altimeter and ocean data buoy observations in the Indian Ocean, coefficients were generated for wave period, which were subsequently tested against data for the years 2000 and 2001. The results showed the wave period accuracy to be of the order of 0.6 sec (against 1.3 sec obtained with the semiempirical approach, reported earlier).
Marine Geodesy 12/2004; 28(1):71-79. · 1.33 Impact Factor
ABSTRACT: The nature of the inherent temporal variability of surface winds is analyzed by comparison of winds obtained through different
measurement methods. In this work, an auto-correlation analysis of a time series data of surface winds measuredin situ by a deep water buoy in the Indian Ocean has been carried out. Hourly time series data available for 240 hours in the month
of May, 1999 were subjected to an auto-correlation analysis. The analysis indicates an exponential fall of the autocorrelation
in the first few hours with a decorrelation time scale of about 6 hours. For a meaningful comparison between satellite derived
products andin situ data, satellite data acquired at different time intervals should be used with appropriate ‘weights’, rather than treating
the data as concurrent in time. This paper presents a scheme for temporal weighting using the auto-correlation analysis. These
temporal ‘weights’ can potentially improve the root mean square (rms) deviation between satellite andin situ measurements. A case study using the TRMM Microwave Imager (TMI) and Indian Ocean buoy wind speed data resulted in an improvement
of about 10%.
Journal of Earth System Science 04/2002; 111(3):297-303. · 0.82 Impact Factor
ABSTRACT: Results of comparison exercises carried out between the state-of-the-art TOPEX/POSEIDON altimeter-derived ocean surface wind speed and ocean wave parameters (significant wave height and wave period) and those measured by a set of ocean data buoys in the North Indian Ocean are presented in this article. Altimeter-derived significant wave height values exhibited rms deviation as small as - 0.3 m, and surface wind speed of - 1.6 m/s. These results are found consistent with those found for the Pacific Ocean. For estimation of ocean wave period, the spectral moments-based semiempirical approach, earlier applied on GEOSAT data, was extended to TOPEX/POSEIDON. For this purpose, distributions of first four years of TOPEX/POSEIDON altimeter data and climatology over the North Indian Ocean were analyzed and a new set of coefficients generated for estimation of wave period. It is shown that wave periods thus estimated from TOPEX/POSEIDON data (for the subsequent two years), when compared with independent data set of ocean data buoys deployed in the North Indian Ocean, exhibit improved accuracy (rms ~ - 1.4 nos) over those determined earlier with GEOSAT data.
Marine Geodesy 07/2001; 24(3):131-138. · 1.33 Impact Factor