On the determination of characteristics of the interior ocean dynamics from radar signatures of internal solitary waves

P. Brandt, R. Romeiser, A. Rubino

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Abstract

In this paper we discuss two different methods of inferring characteristics of the interior ocean dynamics from radar signatures of internal solitary waves visible on synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images. The first one consists in the recognition and the interpretation of sea surface patterns of internal solitary waves; the second one consists in the analysis of the modulation depth of the normalized radar backscattering cross section (NRCS) associated with internal solitary waves. For this purpose we consider a data set composed of SAR and in situ measurements carried out from 1991 to 1997 in the region of the Strait of Messina. The recognition and the interpretation of sea surface patterns of internal solitary waves in the Strait of Messina can be used to study characteristics of the density distribution in the area: The internal wave field varies with seasonal variations in the vertical density stratification and with remotely induced variations, i.e., variations induced by the larger-scale circulation, in the horizontal density distribution. In order to inquire into the possibility of inferring parameters of the interior ocean dynamics by analyzing the modulation of the NRCS associated with internal solitary waves, several numerical simulations are carried out using a radar imaging model. These simulations are performed by assuming different wind conditions and internal wave parameters. It is shown that an accurate knowledge of wind conditions is crucial for deriving internal wave parameters and hence parameters of the interior ocean dynamics from the modulation of measured NRCS associated with internal solitary waves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1999JC900092
Pages (from-to)30039-30045
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
Volume104
Issue numberC12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 15 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology

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