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Geophysical Research Letters

New approach for severe marine weather study using satellite passive microwave sensing

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  • Elizaveta V. Zabolotskikh,

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    1. Satellite Oceanography Laboratory, Russian State Hydrometeorological University, St. Petersburg, Russia
    • Corresponding author: E. V. Zabolotskikh, Satellite Oceanography Laboratory, Russian State Hydrometeorological University, Malookhtinsky Prospect 98, St. Petersburg 195196, Russia. (liza@rshu.ru)

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  • Leonid M. Mitnik,

    1. V. I. Il'ichev Pacific Oceanological Institute, Far-Eastern Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok, Russia
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  • Bertrand Chapron

    1. Ifremer, Brest, France
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Abstract

[1] A methodology, based on model simulations and neural networks inversion, is proposed to jointly retrieve sea surface wind speed, sea surface temperature, atmospheric water vapor content, cloud liquid water content, and total atmospheric absorption at 10.65 GHz using Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 measurements. In particular, estimation of the total atmospheric absorption at 10.65 GHz, which can be done with high accuracy due to the not so strong influence of liquid water and especially water vapor, helps to refine a new filter to considerably reduce masking ocean areas for severe weather systems, characterized by high wind speeds and moderate atmospheric absorption, appropriate for studying winter extratropical cyclone and polar low systems. A polar low case study has demonstrated significant improvement in the coverage of the ocean area available for geophysical retrievals: Only less than 1% of high wind speed pixels were masked comparatively to the 40–70% masking given by other methods.

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