Wednesday, 17 January 2007: 10:45 AM
Evaluation of WINDSAT surface wind data and its impact on ocean surface wind analyses and numerical weather prediction
212B (Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center)
A detailed evaluation of the latest version of WINDSAT surface wind data has recently been performed to determine the quality of these data and their usefulness for ocean surface wind analysis and numerical weather prediction. The first component of this evaluation consisted of both subjective and objective comparisons of WINDSAT wind vectors to other sources of ocean surface winds (eg. ship and buoy observations, Quikscat satellite winds, or model derived wind analyses). This was followed by data impact experiments using a variational surface wind analysis, as well as an operational four-dimensional data assimilation system. The results of this evaluation demonstrate the usefulness of WINDSAT data, but also show deficiencies relative to current scatterometer measurements.