IMIS | Flanders Marine Institute
 

Flanders Marine Institute

Platform for marine research

IMIS

Publications | Institutes | Persons | Datasets | Projects | Maps
[ report an error in this record ]basket (0): add | show Printer-friendly version

Microwave aperture synthesis radiometry: paving the path for sea surface salinity measurement from space
Font, J.; Camps, A.; Ballabrera-Poy, J. (2008). Microwave aperture synthesis radiometry: paving the path for sea surface salinity measurement from space, in: Barale, V. et al. (Ed.) Remote sensing of the European seas. pp. 223-238
In: Barale, V.; Gade, M. (Ed.) (2008). Remote sensing of the European seas. Springer Science+Business Media: Heidelberg. ISBN 978-1-4020-6771-6. XXII, 514 pp., more

Available in Authors 

Keywords
    Aperture imaging; Earth observations (from space); Interferometry; Measurement; Measuring instruments; Microwave radiometers; Remote sensing; Sea surface salinity; Marine

Authors  Top 
  • Font, J.
  • Camps, A.
  • Ballabrera-Poy, J.

Abstract
    This chapter summarises the main objectives and characteristics of the ESA’s SMOS mission and its remote sensing applications. The SMOS payload is MIRAS, a new type of instrument in Earth observation: the first two-dimensional aperture synthesis interferometric radiometer. It operates at L-band, has multi-angular and multi-look imaging capabilities, and can be operated in dual-polarisation or full-polarimetric modes. Due to its novelty, the principles of operation, imaging characteristics and its main performance parameters (spatial resolution and radiometric sensitivity and accuracy) are described, as well as the approach selected in the retrieval algorithms of sea surface salinity.

All data in IMIS is subject to the VLIZ privacy policy Top | Authors