Tropical cyclone morphology from spaceborne synthetic aperture radar

Xiaofeng Li, Jun A. Zhang, Xiaofeng Yang, William G. Pichel, Mark Demaria, David Long, Ziwei Li

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Sea surface imprints of 83 hurricanes show features such as eye structure, mesovortices, rainbands, and arc clouds, along with rarities such as high winds within an eye. Atlantic tropical cyclones and western Pacific counterpart typhoons have been extensively monitored from operational polar-orbiting and geostationary satellite sensors. The striking tropical cyclone cloud pictures taken by these conventional weather satellites have appeared in many journal/magazine covers, newspapers, and television programs. These images are acquired by passive remote sensing instruments operating in the visible and infrared (IR) bands. These images are viewed to gather information about the cloud-top structure of the tropical cyclones at kilometer spatial resolution. Microwave data are also used extensively for tropical cyclone analysis with advance of spaceborne microwave remote sensing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-230
Number of pages16
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science


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