Simulation of L-Band Bistatic Returns From the Ocean Surface: A Facet Approach With Application to Ocean GNSS Reflectometry


Clarizia, Maria Paola, Gommenginger, Christine, Di Bisceglie, Maurizio, Galdi, Carmela and Srokosz, Meric A. (2012) Simulation of L-Band Bistatic Returns From the Ocean Surface: A Facet Approach With Application to Ocean GNSS Reflectometry. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 50, (3), 960-971. (doi:10.1109/TGRS.2011.2162245).

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We present the implementation of a facet-based simulator
to investigate the forward scattering of L-band signals
from realistic sea surfaces and its application to spaceborne ocean Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Reflectometry. This approach provides a new flexible tool to assess the influence of the ocean surface roughness on scattered GNSS signals. The motivation stems from the study by Clarizia et al., which revealed significant differences between delay–Doppler maps (DDMs) obtained from UK-DMC satellite data and DDMs simulated with the Zavorotny–Voronovich (Z-V) model. Here, the scattered power and polarization ratio (PR) are computed for explicit 3-D ocean
wave fields, using a novel implementation of the Kirchhoff approximation (KA), which we call the Facet Approach (FA). We find that the FA is consistent with the full KA and the Geometrical Optics (GO) used in the Z-V model, while being less computationally expensive than the KA and able to represent polarization effects not captured by the GO. Instantaneous maps of the bistatic normalized radar cross section computed with the FA show clear patterns associated with the underlying waves. The wave field is particularly visible in the PR, indicating that the scattering is generally dominated by the HH component, particularly from
ocean wave troughs. Polarization effects show, for the first time, a strong correlation to the explicit sea surface from which the scattering originated. DDMs of the scattered power computed with the FA reveal patchy patterns and power distributions that differ from those obtained with Z-V and show closer similarities with observed DDMs from UK-DMC.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0196-2892 (print)
1558-0644 (electronic)
Keywords: Facet approach (FA), Global Navigation Satellite System Reflectometry (GNSS-R), Kirchhoff approximation (KA), ocean waves, polarization, scattering
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
Divisions: Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences > Ocean and Earth Science > Physical Oceanography
National Oceanography Centre (NERC) > Marine Physics and Ocean Climate
ePrint ID: 336371
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2012 11:38
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:20
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/336371

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