Spaceborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Applications in Oceanography and Marine Meteorology

Event Location: 
BCCMWS Room 100
Event Date: 
Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 3:00pm
Event Type: 
SCMSS Seminar Series

Presenter: Xiaofeng Li

Wide-swath synthetic aperture radar (SAR) observes the large-scale ocean surface field. With SAR instruments, we can actively monitor phenomena in the coastal ocean and marine atmospheric boundary layer at very high spatial resolution (on the order of tens of meters) in all weather conditions day and night. SAR observations are particularly useful in coastal regions where clouds are usually present, causing observation problems for visible and infrared sensors. Spaceborne SAR can provide swath coverage of about 450 km, wide enough to cover oceanic and atmospheric meso-scale features. In this presentation, The SAR observations of oceanic surface signatures associated with winds, surface waves, internal waves, tidal convergence fronts, oil spills, bathymetry, and other oceanic features will be discussed.

Xiaofeng Li received the B.S. degree from Zhejiang University, China and the Ph.D. degree from North Carolina State University (Adviser: Len Pietrafesa) in 1997. He has been with NOAA since 1997. His research areas are in the SAR applications in oceanography and meteorology. He has served as a scientific committee member for NASA DAAC and invited-session chair at many major international conferences. He has published 100+ peer reviewed papers in the top scientific journals, 4 book chapters and 7 journal covers. He is the PI of many international spaceborne SAR missions. Dr. Li is also the Associate Editor of International Journal of Remote Sensing (IJRS) and International Journal of Digital Earth. In 2014, He was the editor-in-chief for the IJRS special issue on “Remote Sensing of the China Seas”.