Spaceborne Imaging Radar: Monitoring of Ocean Waves

Science  20 Jun 1980:
Vol. 208, Issue 4450, pp. 1373-1375
DOI: 10.1126/science.208.4450.1373


A well-organized, very low energy ocean swell system off the East Coast of the United States was tracked with the Seasat synthetic aperture radar from deep water, across the continental shelf, and into shallow, water. The results indicate that spaceborne imaging radar may be used to accurately measure ocean wavelength and direction, even in coastal areas and in the presence of a mixed ocean.