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Validation of SMAP Radiometer Extreme Wind Speed Data Product with Rapid Scatterometer and Stepped Frequency Microwave Radiometer
[23-Jul-2017] Fore, A., Yueh, S., Tang, W., Stiles, B., and Hayashi, A.
Presented at the 2017 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission was launched January 31st, 2015. It is designed to measure the soil moisture over land using a combined active / passive L-band system. Due to the Aquarius mission, L-band model functions for ocean winds and salinity are already mature and may be directly applied to the SMAP mission. In contrast to Aquarius, the higher resolution and scanning geometry of SMAP allows for wide-swath ocean winds and salinities to be retrieved. We have found that the SMAP radiometer displays sensitivity all the way up to the most extreme wind speeds, possibly as high as 70 m/s, far beyond what is capable with typical C and Ku-band ocean wind scatterometers. In this work we use the Rapid Scatterometer (RapidScat) and Stepped Frequency Microwave Radiometer (SFMR) to further validate these SMAP radiometer-only high-wind speed retrievals.

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