Satellite wind vector data is integral to atmospheric models and forecasts. Currently, the limited refresh rate of global wind vector measurement systems makes it difficult to observe diurnal variation of mesoscale processes. Using advancements in the underlying subsystem technologies, new satellite wind scatterometers may be possible that increase temporal resolution, among other performance metrics. I propose a method for parametrically modeling the extreme performance range of a complex system. I use this method to develop a model of the space of possible satellite wind scatterometer designs. I validate the model using point designs of heritage scatterometers. Finally, I present two example concepts for constellations of cooperative satellite wind scatterometers capable of measuring global ocean surface vector winds every hour for the same total cost as a single heritage scatterometer.
College and Department
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Electrical and Computer Engineering
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Walton, M. Patrick, "Concepts for Rapid-refresh, Global Ocean Surface Wind Measurement Evaluated Using Full-System Parametric Extrema Modeling" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 9157.
scatterometer, satellite constellations, CubeSat, ocean vector winds, remote sensing, parametric modeling, remote sensing, system engineering, radar, engineering process