Spaceborne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) applications in marine meteorology Xiaofeng Li NOAA/NESDIS Acknowledgment Zheng Weizhong and William Pichel, NOAA/NESDIS Xiaofeng Yang, Institute of Remote Sensing Application, CAS NOAA Gilmore Creek Ground Station, Alaska
Outline Motivation SAR Observation and WRF model simulation of Marine Atmospheric Boundary Layer (MABL) phenomena Atmospheric Gravity Waves Atmospheric Vortex Streets Katabatic Winds Storm pattern Summary
Motivation SAR Provides high resolution (tens to hundreds m) all day/night synoptic observation of ocean surface. Community weather model now provides time series of sub-km actual atmospheric circulation fields. Synergy of the two to understand the actual atmospheric conditions that lead To the generation and evolution of these phenomena in the MABL. View slide
SAR applications in Marine meteorology atmospheric lee waves atmospheric disturbances atmospheric boundary layer rolls atmospheric fronts katabatic winds, gap winds Hurricanes island wakes cold air outbreaks Storms atmospheric vortex streets Land breeze Cloud line … View slide
1. Atmospheric Gravity Wave Observations Upstream Waves: Waves propagates against the mean flow Lee wave has two types of wave patterns: the transverse wave type where the wave crests are nearly perpendicular to the wind direction (2) the diverging wave type where the wave crests are orientated outwards from the center of the wake.
1. Atmospheric Gravity Wave Observations Lee Wave (diverging waves, Example 2) Wind Direction Constant lee wave phase lines Chunchuzov, Vachon, and Li, Remote Sensing of Environment, 74, 343-361, 2000.
1. Atmospheric Gravity Wave Observations Lee Wave 3
1. Atmospheric Gravity Wave Observations Lee wavesimulation with WRF Weather Research and Forecasting NCAR Community model Two-way nested domains: D1: 9km 280 x 251 D2: 3km 310 x 301 D3: 1km 271 x 262 Vertical levels: 27 Model parameterization:
Rapid RadiativeTransfer Model (RRTM) longwaveradiation
WRF Single Moment 3‐Class (WSM) cloudmicrophysics,
Kain‐Fritsch (new Eta) convective parameterization employed only in coarse and medium domains,
Monin‐Obukhov surface‐layer scheme
Noah land‐surface model.
Boundary conditions are specified by linearly interpolating the NCEP 6 hourly final analyses (FNL) at a resolution of 1° × 1° degree. The digital elevation of 30 s USGS topography data.
1. Atmospheric Gravity Wave Observations WRF Simulation results at the imaging time Vertical velocity Horizontal velocity
1. Atmospheric Gravity Wave Observations Lee Wave 3 Standing Waves MODIS true color image acquired about 8.5 h prior to the Envisat ASAR pass in Google Earth.
1. Atmospheric Gravity Wave Observations Lee Wave 4Not trapped in the MABL
1. Atmospheric Gravity Wave Observations Lee Wave 4 Comparison of WRF simulated surface wind speed with the independent SAR measurements
1. Atmospheric Gravity Wave Observations AGW Summary AGM patterns can be identified on SAR image. Most of the waves generated by flow over bump observed by SAR are on the lee side of the bump, and has two types of wave patterns. The terrain-forced stmospheric lee waves can be simulated using the WRF model. Model reveals evolution of the AGW. Upstream waves happen when Froude number is close to 1. They are elevation waves. They are explained well with FeKDV model.
2. Atmospheric Vortex Streets (AVS) Atmospheric vortex-street patterns on the lee side of a flow obstacle double row of counter rotating vortex pairs shedding alternately near the edge of the obstacle No observation in the atmosphere prior to the satellite age due to AVS scale (100-400 km): too small to be delineated by a synoptic observation network and too large to be observed by a single station h/a is the basic property of an atmospheric vortex streets Uo is the wind speed, Ue is the vortex shedding velocity
2. Atmospheric Vortex Streets (AVS) NASA space shuttle picture cloud pattern (1) NASA space shuttle picture cloud pattern (2)
2. Atmospheric Vortex Streets (AVS) Aircraft photo (Ferrier et al. Vol. 17, No. 1, 1-8, International J. of Remote Sensing, 1996)- sediment pattern Landsat-7 (Defelice et al. Vol. 81,No.5, 1047-1048, BAMS, 2000)-cloud pattern SAR Wind Pattern. IEEE/TGARSS Feb. 2004
2. Atmospheric Vortex Streets (AVS) SAR observation of AVS Li, et al. 2008, Sensors
2. Atmospheric Vortex Streets (AVS) WRF Simulation of AVS Li, et al. 2008, Sensors
2. Atmospheric Vortex Streets (AVS) WRF Simulation of AVS
Vortex shedding rate and propagation velocity
Reynolds Number (50-250)
Frude Number (0.15-0.4)
Vorticityand energy dissipation
3. Katabatic Wind katabatic wind is a gravitational air flow that descends from a high-elevation mountain down slope to lower elevation. Happens night and early morning hours in the winter season when the air mass over the mountain top becomes colder and heavier due to fast radiation cooling and when the land-sea temperature gradient is large.
3. Katabatic Wind The black solid line is the topography; the red dash line represents the horizontal wind speed simulated by the model, the blue line represents the sea surface wind derived from SAR measurements, and the green dash line represents the near surface descending wind speed
3. Katabatic Wind
The wind associated with the katabatic wind varies between 5 and 8 m/s
The katabatic wind finger extends up to 20 km offshore.
The 3-layer nested weather model simulation captures the finger-like katabatic wind pattern observed in the SAR image.
Katabatic wind is the strongest at 14:00 UTC when the land-sea temperature gradient is the largest.
The low-level model wind speed is very close to that derived from the SAR image.
The SAR image shows a more detailed finger-like katabatic wind structure than that shown in the
4 Storm and Precipitation
4 Storm and Precipitation
4 Storm and Precipitation
4 Storm and Precipitation Storm Summary: WRF can capture wind and rain pattern in the storm Heavy rain in the hurricanes damps NRCS. Moderate rain has less effect in C-band NRCS than wind does in the regular storm case
5 Summary We have set up WRF model to simulate SAR observed MABL phenomena WRF model captures the basic characteristics AGV, AVS, Katabatic and Storm The 1-km resolution WRF model gives detailed structures of the phenomena This leads to the understanding of generation and evolution of these phenomena Synergy of SAR and WFR provides great opportunity for detailed study of MABL Phenomena