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Use of E.O data for coastal dynamics monitoring: offshore and coastal sea state

Summary:
Use of different satellite and airborne remote sensors have been used in order to monitor some of sea parameters essential to describe coastal dynamics. Investigation of the applicability of the methodology for the specific Mediterranean coastal was made:
1) Implementation of offshore and coastal wind and sea state over a 7 year period based on data acquired by microwave satellites processed through suitable models for two sites. Accurate comparison of such coastal databases with in situ data demonstrated a good comparability for significant height and period of the waves using the two methods of measurements, while further efforts have to be made to make wave direction derived by satellite more reliable.
2) Reliability of SAR imagery for measuring sea state parameters and wind vectors was also demonstrated.
3) Calculation of longshore and sand transport rate using the coastal sea state databases and comparison with the ones derived using only in situ data (from anchorage buoys).

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MeteoMer
RN7 - Quartier les barestes
83480 Puget-sur-Argens
France
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