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SMEX03 Aircraft Polarimetric Scanning Radiometer (PSR) Data, Alabama

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Entry ID

NSIDC-0328

Summary

The Polarimetric Scanning Radiometer (PSR) is an airborne microwave imaging radiometer developed and operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Environmental Technology Laboratory. This data set includes brightness temperature data for the C-band and X-band. Measurements were taken 25 June through 17 July 2003 in regional areas of Alabama, Georgia, and Oklahoma, USA and the Little Washita Watershed of Oklahoma, USA during the Soil Moisture Experiment 2003 (SMEX03). The PSR/CX band radiometer is similar to the low-frequency channels of the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometers (AMSR-E) on the NASA Aqua satellite. The radiometer operates at vertical (V) and horizontal (H) polarizations. Data are provided in ASCII text files and available from 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: 35.19°     S: 34.66°     E: -85.77°     W: -87.09°    

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: Jackson, T., R. Bindlish, A. J. Gasiewski, M. Klein, and B. Stankov.
Dataset Title: SMEX03 Aircraft Polarimetric Scanning Radiometer (PSR) Data, Alabama
Dataset Release Date: 2007-12-05
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC DAAC: NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/nsidc-0328.html

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 2003-06-25
Stop Date: 2003-07-17

Data Resolution

Latitude Resolution: 800 m
Longitude Resolution: 800 m

Location Keywords

  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ALABAMA

Science Keywords

  • Spectral/Engineering Microwave Brightness Temperature

Ancillary Keywords

  • AMSR-E
  • NASA
  • NSIDC > National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • PSR
  • SMEX
  • Soil Moisture

ISO Topic Category (View Definitions)

  • Climatology/Meteorology/Atmosphere

Platform

  • AIRCRAFT

Instrument

  • PSR Polarimetric Scanning Radiometer

Project

  • SMEX03 Soil Moisture Experiments in 2003

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: 530 MB
Distribution Format: ASCII Text (.txt)

Personnel

Thomas Jackson
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 1 301 504-8511
Fax: 1 301 504-8931
Email: tjackson@hydrolab.arsusda.gov
Contact Address:

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • ARS Hydrology Lab
  • USDA ARS Hydrology Lab
  • 104 Bldg. 007
  • BARC-West

City: Beltsville
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20705
Country: USA

Thomas Jackson
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 1 301 504-8511
Fax: 1 301 504-8931
Email: tjackson@hydrolab.arsusda.gov
Contact Address:

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • ARS Hydrology Lab
  • USDA ARS Hydrology Lab
  • 104 Bldg. 007
  • BARC-West

City: Beltsville
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20705
Country: USA

Rajat Bindlish
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Email: bindlish@hydrolab.arsusda.gov
Contact Address:

  • USDA
  • ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Lab

City: Beltsville
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20705
Country: USA

Albin J. Gasiewski
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • NOAA
  • Environmental Technology Laboratory
  • NOAA Environmental Technology Laboratory
  • 325 Broadway R/ETL

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80305

Marian Klein
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • University of Colorado at Boulder - NOAA

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80305-3328
Country: USA

Boba Stankov
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • NOAA/Environmental Technology Laboratory
  • Microwave Systems Development Division
  • 325 Broadway

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80305
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 RELATED INFORMATION
AMSR-E/Aqua Data at NSIDC Web site

VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
AMSR-E Validation Data Project Web site

Reference

Jackson, T. J., R. Bindlish, A. J. Gasiewski, B. Stankov, M. Klein, E. G. Njoku, D. Bosch, T. L. Coleman, C. Laymon, and P. Starks. 2005. Polarimetric Scanning Radiometer C and X-band microwave observations during SMEX03. IEEE Transactions on Geosciences and Remote Sensing 43:2418-2430.

Please see the USDA SMEX03 Web site (http://hydrolab.arsusda.gov/smex03/) for in depth information on the science mission and goal of the SMEX project.

Metadata Name and Version

Metadata Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata Version: 9.7

Creation and Review Dates

DIF Creation Date: 2007-12-05
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-11-14

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