SMEX02 QuikSCAT/SeaWinds Backscatter Data, Iowa

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Entry ID

NSIDC-0233

Summary

This data set includes data collected over the Soil Moisture Experiment 2002 (SMEX02) area of Iowa, USA, during June and August, 2002. The SeaWinds scatterometer on NASA's QuikScat satellite collected bacscatter data that can be used to infer vegetation and soil moisture. SeaWinds uses a rotating dish antenna with two spot beams that sweep in a circular pattern. The antenna radiates microwave pulses at a frequency of 13.4 gigahertz across broad regions on Earth's surface. Data are provided in binary arrays, digital images, and video (.avi) files, and are available via FTP.

These data were collected as part of a validation study for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E). AMSR-E is a mission instrument launched aboard NASA's Aqua Satellite on 04 May 2002. AMSR-E validation studies linked to SMEX are designed to evaluate the accuracy of AMSR-E soil moisture data. Specific validation objectives include assessing and refining soil moisture algorithm performance; verifying soil moisture estimation accuracy; investigating the effects of vegetation, surface temperature, topography, and soil texture on soil moisture accuracy; and determining the regions that are useful for AMSR-E soil moisture measurements.

Geographic Coverage

 

Spatial Coordinates:
N: 45°     S: 39°     E: -89°     W: -98°    

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: Nghiem, S. V.
Dataset Title: SMEX02 QuikSCAT/SeaWinds Backscatter Data, Iowa
Dataset Release Date: 2004-05-20
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/nsidc-0233.html

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 2002-06-01
Stop Date: 2002-08-21

Location Keywords

  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Science Keywords

  • Spectral/Engineering Microwave
  • Spectral/Engineering Radar Radar Backscatter

Ancillary Keywords

  • AMSR-E
  • QuikSCAT
  • Satellite
  • Satellite Imagery
  • Satellite Radar Data
  • Scatterometer
  • SMEX
  • Soil Moisture
  • Surface Layer Backscatter
  • Surface Soil Moisture

Platform

  • QUIKSCAT Quick Recovery Scatterometer
  • SATELLITES

Instrument

  • SEAWINDS SeaWinds

Project

  • SMEX02 Soil Moisture Experiments in 2002

Data Set Progress

complete

Originating Center

NSIDC_DAAC

Data Center

NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/daac/index.html

Data Center Personnel

Name: NSIDC User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199
Fax: 1 303 492-2468
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

National Snow and Ice Data Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org

Data Center Personnel

Name: NSIDC User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199
Fax: 1 303 492-2468
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Distribution

Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 24.8 - 57.2 KB
Distribution Format: GIF

Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 6 KB
Distribution Format: Binary

Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 68.9 - 74.6 MB
Distribution Format: MPEG

Personnel

Son V Nghiem
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • California Institute of Technology
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • California Institute of Technology

City: Pasadena
Province or State: CA
Postal Code: 91109
Country: USA

NSIDC User Services
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Fax: 1 303 492-2468 x
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Related URL

VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
AMSR-E Validation

VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
AMSR-E Validation Soil Moisture Data

Reference

S. V. Nghiem and G. Neumann. 2004. QuikSCAT/SeaWinds Data Package for SMEX 2002. JPL CL 04-0432, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California.

Metadata Name and Version

Metadata Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata Version: 9.7

Creation and Review Dates

DIF Creation Date: 2004-05-20
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-12-09

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