Special Issue "Observing the Ocean’s Interior from Satellite Remote Sensing"


A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Xiao-Hai Yan
Center for Remote Sensing (CRS), College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, University of Delaware, 209 Robinson Hall, Newark, DE 19716, USA
Website: http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/people/profile.aspx?xiaohai
E-Mail: xiaohai@udel.edu
Phone: +1 302 831 3694
Interests: satellite oceanography/ocean remote sensing; Physical oceanography/ocean circulation/climate change; remote sensing of estuaries, coastal and open ocean waters; remote sensing image processing; air-sea interactions and upper ocean dynamics; mirowave remote sensing (altimeter, scatterometer and SAR); environmental remote sensing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Most remotely sensed oceanographic observations are confined to either the sea surface or to the very top layer of the sea surface due to the limitations of the sensors. In the past 20 years some of the attempts to break the ocean’s surface have already made the headlines, such as the mixed layer depths, deep ocean eddies, certain ocean internal waves and so on. Although these methods break the ocean’s surface from the space successfully, still many important ocean processes in ocean interior need to be observed and studied from the space but not yet successful due to the limitations of the sensors and difficulties in the methodologies. Such deeper ocean processes include MOC (meridional overturning circulation), DOC (deep ocean convection), bottom topography, different types of internal waves and internal tides, mixed layer depth beneath sea ice, and some bio-geo-chemical deep ocean processes, etc, which relate and impact greatly to the global climate changes. This special issue will invite review of the background and status of the research on breaking the ocean’s surface from satellite remote sensing, and report some of the recent attempts to combine satellite altimetry, scatterometry, infrared, ocean color, and SAR with other ocean observations and techniques, and with ocean general circulation models to infer the three-dimensional, time varying ocean circulation, air-sea interactions, and global and regional oceanographic processes at ocean’s interior.

Prof. Dr. Xiao-Hai Yan
Guest Editor


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  • ocean remote sensing
  • upper ocean dynamics
  • multi-sensor remote sensing
  • climate changes
  • air-sea interactions
  • mixed layer
  • internal waves
  • subsurface Eddies
  • bottom topography
  • subsurface ocean processes
  • satellite oceanography

Published Papers (5 papers)

by , ,  and
Remote Sens. 2013, 5(8), 4088-4106; doi:10.3390/rs5084088
Received: 7 June 2013; in revised form: 10 July 2013 / Accepted: 6 August 2013 / Published: 16 August 2013
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Remote Sens. 2013, 5(8), 4067-4087; doi:10.3390/rs5084067
Received: 18 June 2013; in revised form: 22 July 2013 / Accepted: 5 August 2013 / Published: 13 August 2013
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Remote Sens. 2013, 5(7), 3239-3258; doi:10.3390/rs5073239
Received: 5 May 2013; in revised form: 25 June 2013 / Accepted: 26 June 2013 / Published: 4 July 2013
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Remote Sens. 2013, 5(6), 3123-3139; doi:10.3390/rs5063123
Received: 20 May 2013; in revised form: 13 June 2013 / Accepted: 18 June 2013 / Published: 21 June 2013
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by , , , ,  and
Remote Sens. 2013, 5(5), 2072-2092; doi:10.3390/rs5052072
Received: 14 February 2013; in revised form: 17 April 2013 / Accepted: 22 April 2013 / Published: 29 April 2013
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Last update: 3 July 2012

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