Ocean Current Monitoring Employing a New Satellite Sensing Technique

Science  02 Nov 1973:
Vol. 182, Issue 4111, pp. 482-484
DOI: 10.1126/science.182.4111.482


The very-high-resolution radiometer on the NOAA-2 (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) satellite has recently obtained imagery in the visible channel containing sunglint over a major portion of the coastal waters off the eastern seaboard of the United States. An abrupt change in surface roughness has been observed at the shoreward edge of the Gulf Stream Current from Florida to Cape Hatteras that results from the opposition of waves propagating against the flow of the Gulf Stream.