Journal article

Calibration and Cross Validation of Global Ocean Wind Speed Based on Scatterometer Observations

Agustinus Ribal, Ian R Young

Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology | American Meteorological Society | Published : 2020


Global ocean wind speed observed from seven different scatterometers, namely, ERS-1, ERS-2, QuikSCAT, MetOp-A, OceanSat-2, MetOp-B, and Rapid Scatterometer (RapidScat) were calibrated against National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) data to form a consistent long-term database of wind speed and direction. Each scatterometer was calibrated independently against NDBC buoy data and then cross validation between scatterometers was performed. The total duration of all scatterometer data is approximately 27 years, from 1992 until 2018. For calibration purposes, only buoys that are greater than 50 km offshore were used. Moreover, only scatterometer data within 50 km of the buoy and for which the overpass o..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge ongoing support from the Australian Research Council through Grant DP160100738 and the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) for support in development of this database. As noted in the paper, the original data were sourced from a range of public archives. These repositories are gratefully acknowledged. The platform wind data were supplied by Oyvind Breivik of the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.