Microwave Radiometer, WindSat, Remote Sensing, Aquarius/SAC-D
Microwave radiometers are highly sensitive receivers capable of measuring low levels of natural blackbody microwave emissions. Remote sensing by satellite microwave radiometers flying on low-earth, polar orbiting, satellites can infer a variety of terrestrial and atmospheric geophysical parameters for scientific and operational applications, such as weather and climate prediction. The objective of this thesis is to provide realistic simulated ocean brightness temperatures for the 3-channel Microwave Radiometer (MWR), which will be launched in May 2010 on the joint NASA/CONAE Aquarius/SAC-D Mission. These data will be used for pre-launch geophysical retrieval algorithms development and validation testing. Analyses are performed to evaluate the proposed MWR measurement geometry and verify the requirements for spatial/temporal sampling. Finally, a preliminary study is performed for the post-launch inter-satellite radiometric calibration using the WindSat polarimetric radiometer on the Coriolis satellite.
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Jones, W. Linwood
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (M.S.E.E.)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Khan, Salman, "Simulation Of Brightness Temperatures For The Microwave Radiometer On The Aquarius/sac-d Mission." (2009). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4177.