Over the last decades, satellite remote sensing has proved to be a valuable and effective tool for monitoring physical and biological ocean processes. However there are cases where data from one remote sensor alone cannot be interpreted unambiguously. In these situations the combination of data from different sensors can help to understand the observed processes due to the combined benefits of the various strengths and advantages of individual instruments. <br/><br/>This paper illustrates the potential of synergy between synthetic aperture radar data and data from thermal and optical satellite sensors. Different aspects of oceanic and atmospheric fronts, eddies, upwelling, internal waves and surface films are imaged by the sensors and combined data give a broader picture of the physical processes involved. While the strengths of synergy are demonstrated in several examples, more frequent coincidence of data from existing and future sensors will be necessary before the benefits of synergy occur on an operational basis
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