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Remote Sensing of Ship Wakes

Alexander Soloviev(1), Mikhail Gilman(1), Katherine Moore(1), Kathryn Young(1) and Hans Graber(2)

(1) Nova Southeastern University, 8000 North Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, FL 33004, United States
(2) University of Miami, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149, United States


The visibility of ship wakes on SAR images has been reported to depend on many factors, including ship parameters, sea and weather conditions, and radar modes. The analysis is complicated by the fact that the sea and weather conditions and parameters of the ship that produced the wake are usually unknown. On the example of the Royal Caribbean "Explorer of the Seas" we demonstrate that collection of SAR images of the ships that report operational and hydrometeorological data opens new opportunities in ship wake research. The "Explorer of the Seas" is equipped with the Atmosphere and Ocean laboratories maintained by the University of Miami, which report ship telemetry, photo images of the ship wake, and atmospheric and oceanic conditions around the ship in near real-time.


Workshop presentation

Keywords: ESA European Space Agency - Agence spatiale europeenne, observation de la terre, earth observation, satellite remote sensing, teledetection, geophysique, altimetrie, radar, chimique atmospherique, geophysics, altimetry, radar, atmospheric chemistry