Identification_Information:
   Dataset_Identifier: AE_L2A

   Citation: 
      Citation_Information: 
         Originator: Ashcroft, P. and F. J. Wentz. 
         Publication_Date: 20130611
         Title: AMSR-E/Aqua L2A Global Swath Spatially-Resampled Brightness Temperatures
         Edition: 3
         Publication_Information: 
            Publication_Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
            Publisher: NSIDC DAAC: NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
         Online_Linkage: http://nsidc.org/data/ae_l2a.html
         Online_Linkage: http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/AMSR-E/AE_L2A.003

   Description: 
      Abstract:
         The Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) 
         instrument on the NASA Earth Observing System (EOS) Aqua satellite provides 
         global passive microwave measurements of terrestrial, oceanic, and atmospheric 
         variables for the investigation of global water and energy cycles.

         The AMSR-E Level-2A product (AE_L2A) contains brightness temperatures at 6.9 
         GHz, 10.7 GHz, 18.7 GHz, 23.8 GHz, 36.5 GHz, and 89.0 GHz. Data are resampled 
         to be spatially consistent, and therefore are available at a variety of 
         resolutions that correspond to the footprint sizes of the observations such as 
         56 km, 38 km, 21 km, 12 km, and 5.4 km, respectively. Each swath is packaged 
         with associated geolocation fields. Data are stored in Hierarchical Data 
         Format - Earth Observing System (HDF-EOS) format and are available from 1 June 
         2002 to 4 October 2011 via FTP.

      Purpose: scientific research
      Documentation: 
         User's_Guide: 
            Citation_Information: 
               Originator: Ashcroft, P. and F. J. Wentz. 
               Publication_Date: 20130611
               Title: AMSR-E/Aqua L2A Global Swath Spatially-Resampled Brightness Temperatures
               Publication_Information: 
                  Publication_Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
                  Publisher: NSIDC DAAC: NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
               Online_Linkage: http://nsidc.org/data/docs/daac/ae_l2a_tbs.gd.html

   Time_Period_of_Content:
      Time_Period_Information:
         Range_of_Dates/Times:
            Beginning_Date: 20020601
            Ending_Date: 20111004
      Currentness_Reference: publication date

   Status:
      Progress: In work
      Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: Unknown

   Spatial_Domain:
      Bounding_Coordinates:
         West_Bounding_Coordinate: -180
         East_Bounding_Coordinate: 180
         North_Bounding_Coordinate: 89.24
         South_Bounding_Coordinate: -89.24

   Keywords:
      Theme:
         Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
         Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Spectral/Engineering > Microwave > Brightness Temperature
         Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Spectral/Engineering > Microwave > Microwave Imagery
      Theme:
         Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Project Keywords
         Theme_Keyword: EOS > Earth Observing System
      Theme:
         Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
         Theme_Keyword: AMSR-E > Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer-EOS
      Theme:
         Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords
         Theme_Keyword: AQUA > Earth Observing System, AQUA
      Theme:
         Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
         Theme_Keyword: AE_L2A
         Theme_Keyword: AMSR-E
         Theme_Keyword: Aqua
         Theme_Keyword: DAAC
         Theme_Keyword: EOSDIS
         Theme_Keyword: EOS PM-1
         Theme_Keyword: Imagery
         Theme_Keyword: NASA
         Theme_Keyword: NSIDC
         Theme_Keyword: Passive Microwave
         Theme_Keyword: Radiance
         Theme_Keyword: Radiometers
         Theme_Keyword: Remote Sensing
         Theme_Keyword: Spatially Resampled Brightness Temperatures
         Theme_Keyword: spatial resolutions
         Theme_Keyword: Tb
      Place:
         Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
         Place_Keyword: Geographic Region > Global
   Platform_and_Instrument_Identification:
      Platform_Full_Name: Earth Observing System, AQUA
      Platform_Short_Name: AQUA
      Instrument_Full_Name: Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer-EOS
      Instrument_Short_Name: AMSR-E

   Access_Constraints: None

   Use_Constraints: None

   Point_of_Contact:
      Contact_Information:
         Contact_Person_Primary:
            Contact_Person: NSIDC User Services
            Contact_Organization: National Snow and Ice Data Center
         Contact_Address:
            Address_Type: mailing
            Address: CIRES, 449 UCB
            Address: University of Colorado
            City: Boulder
            State_or_Province: CO
            Postal_Code: 80309-0449
            Country: USA
         Contact_Voice_Telephone: 1 303 492-6199 x
         Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 1 303  492-2468 x
         Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: nsidc@nsidc.org

Distribution_Information:
   Distributor:
      Contact_Information:
         Contact_Organization_Primary:
            Contact_Organization: National Snow and Ice Data Center
            Contact_Person: NSIDC User Services
         Contact_Address:
            Address_Type: mailing
            Address: National Snow and Ice Data Center
            Address: CIRES, 449 UCB
            Address: University of Colorado
            City: Boulder
            State_or_Province: CO
            Postal_Code: 80309-0449
            Country: USA
         Contact_Voice_Telephone: 1 303 492-6199 
         Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 1 303  492-2468 
         Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: nsidc@nsidc.org

   Resource_Description: AE_L2A

   Distribution_Liability:
      NSIDC cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or 
      omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function 
      on a particular system. NSIDC makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor 
      does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.

   Standard_Order_Process:
      Digital_Form:
         Digital_Transfer_Information:
            Format_Name: HDF-EOS
         Digital_Transfer_Option:
            Online_Option:
               Computer_Contact_Information:
                  Network_Address:
                     Network_Resource_Name: ftp://n5eil01u.ecs.nsidc.org/SAN/AMSA/AE_L2A.003
      Fees: None

Metadata_Reference_Information:
   Metadata_Date: 20131016

   Metadata_Review_Date: 20131016

   Metadata_Contact: 
      Contact_Information:
         Contact_Person_Primary:
            Contact_Person: NSIDC User Services
            Contact_Organization: National Snow and Ice Data Center
         Contact_Address:
            Address_Type: mailing
            Address: National Snow and Ice Data Center
            Address: CIRES, 449 UCB
            Address: University of Colorado
            City: Boulder
            State_or_Province: CO
            Postal_Code: 80309-0449
            Country: USA
         Contact_Voice_Telephone: 1 303 492-6199 
         Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 1 303  492-2468 
         Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: nsidc@nsidc.org

   Metadata_Standard_Name: FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata: Extensions for Remote Sensing Metadata

   Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-012-2002