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The measurement of sea-surface wind vectors are operationally input to meteorological models and to shipping routing forecasts. In addition there is a growth in the request to support renewable energy projects such as wind farms.

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EOPI - SAR Wind Field Retrieval Algorithm (Results published September 2004)

11 October 2006

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A fully operational algorithm that enables to retrieve high-resolution ocean surface wind fields from satellite borne synthetic aperture radars (SARs), was presented during the ENVISAT Symposium (September 2004). The algorithm is designed for well calibrated SAR data, which are acquired in C-band at either vertical (VV) or horizontal (HH) polarization and has been successfully applied to SAR imagery from the European satellites ERS-1/2 and ENVISAT as well as the Canadian satellite RADARSAT-1.

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