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Copernicus Sentinel-1 reveals new insight on tropical cyclones

18 October 2018

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A team of experts from the French institutes IFREMER and CLS recently implemented a strategy with ESA, in order to acquire Sentinel-1 images over tropical cyclones, while developing an algorithm that enables the extraction of hurricane characteristics at a very high resolution from space. Information such as the ocean surface wind field provided at 1 km resolution could trigger perspectives for improving hurricane forecast information.

A tropical cyclone (TC) is a rotating low-pressure weather system that develops over tropical or sub-tropical waters and has organised convection (i.e. thunderstorm activity) but no fronts (a boundary separating two air masses of different temperatures and densities).

Source: Sentinel Online

Image credit: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2018)/processed by the SHOC team - Copernicus Sentinel-1 acquisitions during SHOC summer 2018

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