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Summary of Proposal COA1538

TitleUse of archive TerraSAR-X data for identification, characterization and discrimination of oceanic and atmospheric phenomena in coastal zones of inland seas
Investigator Ivanov, Andrei - Russian Academy of Sciences, Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, remote sensing
Team Member
Mrs Terleeva, Nadezhda - P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences, ocean remote sensing
Miss Sineva, Anastasia - Moscow Institute of Physiks and Technology, ocean and atmosphere physics
Miss Evtushenko, Natalia - RDC SCANEX, satellite monitoring
SummaryToday spaceborne SARs are widespread and mainly used for navigational and ship traffic control. However they can also be used to monitor ocean surface features in the spatial and temporal domain. The coastal environment, especially in the inland seas,is spatially and temporally complex and requires higher spatial resolution sensors with additional frequency/polarization channels. Moreover, the coastal waters are highly dynamic. High resolution sampling is required to resolve many coastal features, and to track coastal fronts, eddies, oil spills or other features of concern for coastal environmental management. The approach of the project is based on collection, processing and analysis of archive TSX SAR data& images of different modes for different phenomena occurred in the coastal zones. The objective of the project is to further develop SAR ocean observation& interpretation methodology by improving the understanding of links between marine surface physical processes and SAR imaging. Other objective of the proposed research is study of feasibility of TSX data in the coastal applications in the inland and semi-closed seas. Research activity cover: 1) coastal fronts; 2) coastal upwellings; 3) oil spills and seepage phenomena; 2) local winds over the sea such as bora and foehn; 5) sea ice features such as ice rings in Lake Baikal. Additionally information about above mentioned phenomena from the RS satellites equipped by optical and infrared sensors will be also collected. The areas of interest include the Barents Sea, Baltic Sea, White Sea, Black Sea, Sea of Azov, Caspian Sea and Lake Baikal. The project will be based on archived TSX SAR data, synergistic utilization of archive TSX and archive RADARSAT-1/2data acquired by RDC SCANEX in Russia is foreseen as well. The TSX basic image products such as Strip Map (3 m resolution) and ScanSAR (18 m resolution) in single or dual polarization modes are requested. Funds for the project will be available both from the budget of P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology RAS and from the research grants by the Russian Government.

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