Keywords

Aquarius/sac d, aquarius, rain accumulation

Abstract

Aquarius/SAC-D is a joint mission by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Comision Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE), Argentine Space Agency. The satellite was launched in June 2011 and the prime remote sensing instrument is also named Aquarius (AQ). The main objective of this science program is to provide Sea Surface Salinity (SSS) maps of the global oceans every 7 days for understanding the Earth’s hydrologic cycle and for assessing long-term global climate change. The Aquarius instrument was built jointly by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. It is an active/passive L-band remote sensor that measures ocean brightness temperature (Tb) and radar backscatter, and these quantities are used to infer sea surface salinity. Other environmental parameters (e.g., sea surface temperature, wind speed and rain) also affect the microwave emitted radiance or brightness temperature. The SSS geophysical retrieval algorithm considers all these environmental parameters and makes the Tb corrections before retrieving SSS. Instantaneous rainfall can cause increase roughness that raises the ocean surface Tb. Further short term rain accumulation can produce a fresh water lens that floats on the ocean surface and dilutes the surface salinity. iv This thesis presents results of a study to develop an oceanic rain accumulation (RA) product that may be valuable to remote sensing engineers and algorithm developers and Aquarius scientists. The use of this RA product, along with in situ ocean salinity measurements from buoys, may be used to mitigate the effects of rain on the SSS retrieval

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Graduation Date

2013

Semester

Spring

Advisor

Jones, W

Degree

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (M.S.E.E.)

College

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Department

Electrical Engineering and Computing

Degree Program

Electrical Engineering

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0004647

URL

http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/CFE0004647

Language

English

Release Date

May 2013

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Subjects

Dissertations, Academic -- Engineering and Computer Science, Engineering and Computer Science -- Dissertations, Academic

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