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Validation of satellite-derived tropical cyclone heat potential with in situ observations in the North Indian Ocean

Nagamani, PV and Ali, MM and Goni, GJ and Pedro, DN and Pezzullo, JC and Bhaskar, TVSU and Gopalakrishna, VV and Kurian, N (2012) Validation of satellite-derived tropical cyclone heat potential with in situ observations in the North Indian Ocean. Remote Sensing Letters, 3 (7). pp. 615-620.

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Abstract

Tropical cyclone heat potential (TCHP) is an important ocean parameter influencing cyclones and hurricanes. The best approach for computing TCHP is to use in situ measurements. However, since in situ data have both spatial and temporal limitations, there is a need for satellite-based estimations. One potential solution is to use sea surface height anomalies (SSHAs) from altimeter observations. However, any estimation derived from satellite measurements requires extensive regional validation. In this letter, we compare satellite-derived TCHP values with those estimated using in situ measurements of the North Indian Ocean collected during 1993-2009. All the available measurements collected from the conductivity temperature and depth (CTD) profiler, expendable CTD profiler (XCTD), bathythermograph (BT), expendable BT (XBT) and Argo floats were used to estimate in situ derived TCHP values. TCHP estimations from satellite observations and in situ measurements are well correlated, with coefficient of determination R2 of 0.65 (0.76) and a scatter index (SI) of 0.33 (0.25) on a daily (monthly) basis for the North Indian Ocean.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: cited By (since 1996)4
Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology
Oceanography > oceanography
Depositing User: INCOIS Library
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2013 05:27
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2013 05:27
URI: http://moeseprints.incois.gov.in/id/eprint/159

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