THE USE OF METEOROLOGICAL SATELLITES FOR DISCERNING MARINE FOG
Accurate charting of marine fog distribution is made difficult because of the sparseness of transient-ship observations. The meteorological satellite offers the possibility of improving fog diagnosis by specifying areas (vice a discrete number of points) of marine fog. The study explores the feasibility of using meteorological satellite data, visual and/or infrared, as means of discerning the presence of marine fog. Transient-ship and satellite data from a summer-season period in 1973, eastern North Pacific Ocean served as data base. A qualitative comparison is made between NOAA-2 satellite imagery and verifying marine fog, as determined from the synoptic-time ship data; qualitative guidelines for diagnosing the presence of marine fog from the visual and infrared imagery were formulated. A quantitative determination of the presence of marine fog, using visual and infrared NOAA-2 digital satellite data is presented, from which a technique is developed for objectively diagnosing regions of marine fog.
Naval Postgraduate School1 University Circle
Monterey, CA USA 93943
- Wallace, R T
- Publication Date: 1975-3
- Pagination: 59 p.
- TRT Terms: Fog; Infrared detectors; Weather forecasting
- Subject Areas: Marine Transportation; Operations and Traffic Management;
- Accession Number: 00126028
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: MS Thesis
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM