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Remote Sens. 2010, 2(4), 1142-1156; doi:10.3390/rs2041142

Ten Years of SeaWinds on QuikSCAT for Snow Applications

Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Vienna University of Technology, Gusshausstrasse 27-29, Vienna, Austria
Received: 2 March 2010 / Revised: 24 March 2010 / Accepted: 30 March 2010 / Published: 16 April 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Microwave Remote Sensing)
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Abstract

The scatterometer SeaWinds on QuikSCAT provided regular measurements at Ku-band from 1999 to 2009. Although it was designed for ocean applications, it has been frequently used for the assessment of seasonal snowmelt patterns aside from other terrestrial applications such as ice cap monitoring, phenology and urban mapping. This paper discusses general data characteristics of SeaWinds and reviews relevant change detection algorithms. Depending on the complexity of the method, parameters such as long-term noise and multiple event analyses were incorporated. Temporal averaging is a commonly accepted preprocessing step with consideration of diurnal, multi-day or seasonal averages.
Keywords: scatterometer; Ku-band; snow; circumpolar scatterometer; Ku-band; snow; circumpolar
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Bartsch, A. Ten Years of SeaWinds on QuikSCAT for Snow Applications. Remote Sens. 2010, 2, 1142-1156.

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