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Summary of Proposal COA1115

TitleHigh resolution SAR imaging of phenomena in the coastal zones of inland and semi-closed seas
Investigator Ivanov, Andrei - Russian Academy of Sciences, Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, remote sensing
Team Member
Miss Sineva, Anastasia - Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, ocean and atmosphere physics
Mrs. Terleeva, Nadezhda - P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology Russian Academy of Sciences, ocean remote sensing
Miss Gurova, Eugenia - Atlantic Branch of P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology RAS, ocean remote sensing
Miss Evtushenko, Natalia - RDC ScanEx, operative remote sensing
SummaryThe coastal environment, especially in the inland and semi-closed 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 given project is based on collection, processing and analysis of the TSX SAR data & images of different modes for different phenomena occurred in the coastal zones. The objective of the project is to develop SAR ocean observation & interpretation skills 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. Investigations include studies of: 1) sub-mesoscale eddies; 2) river run-offs and related coastal fronts; 3) coastal upwelling; 4) oil spills and oil seep phenomena; and 5) sea ice features such as is ice rings in Lake Baikal. Additionally information about above mentioned phenomena from routine spaceborne SARs and spectroradiometers will be collected. The areas of interest include the Baltic Sea, Black Sea, Sea of Azov, Caspian Sea, and Lake Baikal. The project will be based on archived & near real-time acquisitions of TSX SAR data. The TerraSAR-X basic image products such as StripMap (3 m resolution) and ScanSAR (18 m resolution) in single or dual polarization modesare requested. Funds available for the project are expected to be mainly from the the P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology RAS' budget and from projects supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research.

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