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Sea Surface Winds


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Sea Surface Winds also known as Ocean Surface Vector Winds (OSVW) for some techniques

Winds, both magnitude (speed) and direction over the ocean drive other physical and chemical processes and so are used to model dynamic earth/ocean/atmosphere coupled systems ocean and are used for marine weather forecasting. Different remote sensing techniques may be used for gathering information on ocean surface winds including active radar and passive microwave.

The following list shows the various Sea Surface Wind data products available from NOAA CoastWatch:

• Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)

• SSMI DMSP

• ASCAT MetopA and MetopB