THE OFFSHORE ENVIRONMENT: A PERSPECTIVE FROM SEASAT-1 SAR DATA

The short lifetime of NASA's Seasat-l satellite (June 26-Oct. 10, 1978) was compensated for by the quality of the imagery produced by the synthetic aperture imaging radar (SAR). The limited amount of SAR data processed so far, indicate that the oceanwave imaging capability ranges from waves produced in the generally low sea-state conditions during the summer months of 1978 to those produced under hurricane-force conditions, and that the high-density radar coverage in the Arctic can be used to chart the distribution of sea ice that has varying surface morphology. Additionally, information on the mechanics of currents and internal waves may be derivable. The areas covered by Seasat-1 correspond to many of North America's and Europe's petroleum development regions, and the acquired SAR data may be useful as a synoptic overview of possible oceanic processes and, through model calibration, to offshore shipping and oil and gas operations and to evaluating design concepts for offshore structures.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual OTC held in Houston, Texas April 30-May 3, 1979, Volume 1.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Offshore Technology Conference

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  • Authors:
    • Teleki, P G
    • CAMPBELL, W J
    • Ramseier, R O
    • Ross, D
  • Publication Date: 1979

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  • Accession Number: 00195849
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Offshore Technology Conference
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume 1 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1979 12:00AM