A semiempirical method

for the disambiguation of
remote sensed wave spectra
observed by EnviSat
Cristhian Valladares
PhD Jesús Portilla

ESCUELA POLITÉCNICA
NACIONAL

APLICATIONS
• Transportation
• Wave energy resource assessment

INTRODUCTION

Pressure transducer Wave Poles MEASUREMENT METHODS Wave buoys .

MEASUREMENT METHODS .

 On operation from 1 March 2002 until 9 May 2012  This satellite orbited Earth more than 50000 times. ENVISAT . delivered thousands of images and a wealth of data used to study the workings of the Earth System.

  Image Mode Mediumresolution Antarctic ice breakup ADVANCED SYNTHETIC APERTURE RADAR (ASAR) .

SAR ACQUISITION DATA .

Imaginary Spectrum Real Spectrum Buoy Spectrum AMBIGUOUS DATA PROBLEM .

The 42 Wave Mode imagettes are indicated as dots and the background color stands for total significant wave height as predicted by Wave Watch 3 (WW3) model run at Ifremer. 9 .Level-1 Images ENVISAT 7x10 km² Imagettes ENVISAT Acquisition segment in S1 Wave Mode over the Pacific Ocean.

inter-look cross spectral processing PREVIOUS SOLUTIONS .

WAM (wave model) method PREVIOUS SOLUTIONS .

 Problem:  The SAR wave spectra are inherently ambiguous (180°) because these spectra are obtained from a photography Present methods to process the spectra are not robust Large amounts of spectra data can not be used     Objective: To develop an algorithm to disambiguate SAR spectra .

Spectral Statistics) Track Selection Noise Signal Analysis Spectral Statistics (Annual and Monthly) Starting Point Closer Comparison Point Preliminary Results Conclusions DISAMBIGUATION OF SAR WAVE SPECTRA .        Previous Concepts (Partitioning Spectra.

 Previous Concepts Wave Spectrum takes three important parameters: Direction. Frequency and Energy WAVE SPECTRUM .

   Previous Concepts This method identifies different wave systems in SPECTRA the same spectrum. PARTITIONING Swell: wind generated waves in a far region Wind Sea: wind generated waves in the local region + .

   Wave behavior is presented in a spectral form Spectral Statistics have been collected over many years This method helps to analyze the truth spectrum SPECTRAL STATISTICS .

TRACK SELECTION .

 Direction vs Frequency  Partitioning and Polar Plot  NOISE ANALYSIS Too many partitions with no significant values Partitions produced by a signal noise .

Partitioning and energy partitions analysis SOLVING SIGNAL NOISE .

 Direction vs Frequency Partitioning and Polar Plot   NOISE ANALYSIS Spectrum without significant noise Clean partitions to be analyzed .

  Starting point should be near to the coastline This point is visually analyzed STARTING POINT .

Annual Statistics Monthly Statistics SPECTRAL STATISTICS COMPARISONS .

2 1 Spectrum disambiguation with partitioning spectrum DISAMBIGUATION .

Spectrum disambiguation with partitioning spectrum  Previous spectrum The previous disambiguous spectrum and spectral statistics are used to disambiguate the next spectrum with the algorithm proposed. PREVIOUS SPECTRUM COMPARISON .

Spectrum disambiguation with partitioning spectrum PRELIMINARY RESULTS .

Spectrum disambiguation with partitioning spectrum PRELIMINARY RESULTS .

Spectrum disambiguation with partitioning spectrum PRELIMINARY RESULTS .

Spectrum disambiguation with partitioning spectrum PRELIMINARY RESULTS .

CONCLUSIONS . This method can be extrapolated to other tracks in deeper regions. with the same method. We can take disambiguated tracks. the algorithm uses spectral statistics. physical restrains of coastline and a comparison between previous and next spectrum. as a base of analysis in these cases.  This method provides a more robust way to solve ambiguous problem.