Off-campus UMass Amherst users: To download dissertations, please use the following link to log into our proxy server with your UMass Amherst user name and password.
Non-UMass Amherst users, please click the view more button below to purchase a copy of this dissertation from Proquest.
(Some titles may also be available free of charge in our Open Access Dissertation Collection, so please check there first.)
Remote sensing of the ocean surface with C- and Ku -band airborne scatterometers
A novel dual-mode microwave scatterometer system has been designed and fabricated for remote sensing. This dissertation describes the sensor and presents unique C- and Ku-band ocean surface radar backscatter measurements obtained with it during flights on NASA C-130 and P-3 aircraft. Anisotropic C-band normalized radar cross section measurements obtained for a limited range of ocean surface windspeeds with a spinning antenna are presented. These measurements are potentially free of errors that corrupt similar measurements made with fixed-azimuth airborne scatterometers during "circle-flights". Also presented, for the first time, are open-ocean observations of the electromagnetic (EM) bias at C- and Ku-bands. ^
Physical oceanography|Electrical engineering|Remote sensing
McLaughlin, David Joseph, "Remote sensing of the ocean surface with C- and Ku -band airborne scatterometers" (1989). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. AAI9011769.