—The global availability of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) wave mode data from the European Remote Sensing (ERS) satellites ERS-1 and ERS-2, as well as ENVISAT, allows for the investigation of the wind field over the ocean on a global and continuous basis. For this purpose, 27 days of ERS-2 SAR wave mode data were processed, representing a total of 34 310… (More)
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1. INTRODUCTION Active microwave radar satellites transmit and receive radar signals with wavelengths in the range of centimetres to one meter thus measuring the roughness of the sea surface, which enables the retrieval of wind and ocean wave fields. Synthetic Aperture Radars (SARs) are capable of imaging synoptic wind fields with a coverage of up to 500 km… (More)