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SMEX04 Atmospheric Aerosol Optical Properties Data: Arizona

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Entry ID

NSIDC-0410

Summary

This data set contains observations of atmospheric parameters from aerosol optical property measurements collected during the Soil Moisture Experiment 2004 (SMEX04) in Arizona, USA. Data were collected by the Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET) program, a federation of ground-based remote sensing aerosol networks composed of automatic sun and sky scanning radiometers. A sun photometer was set up within the Arizona experimental site for the collection of aerosol optical properties throughout the course of the SMEX04 field campaign. Parameters include: spectral aerosol optical depths; precipitable water; sky radiance distributions and aerosol volume; and particle size distribution. Three levels of data are available: Level 1.0 (unscreened), Level 1.5 (cloud screened), and Level 2.0 (cloud-screened and quality-assured). Temporal coverage for the data spans 18 June 2004 to 16 November 2004. The volume of the data set is approximately 10 kilobytes for one day of observations, provided in comma-delimited ASCII text files.

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: 31.73°     S: 31.73°     E: -110.03°     W: -110.03°    

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: Walthall, C. L. and W. P. Dulaney.
Dataset Title: SMEX04 Atmospheric Aerosol Optical Properties Data: Arizona
Dataset Release Date: 2009-07-17
Dataset Release Place: Landover, Maryland USA
Dataset Publisher: Goddard: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/nsidc-0410.html

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 2004-06-18
Stop Date: 2004-11-16

Location Keywords

  • CONTINENT NORTH AMERICA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ARIZONA

Science Keywords

  • Atmosphere Aerosols Aerosol Optical Depth/Thickness
  • Atmosphere Aerosols Aerosol Particle Properties
  • Atmosphere Aerosols Aerosol Radiance
  • Atmosphere Atmospheric Water Vapor Precipitable Water

Ancillary Keywords

  • Aerosols
  • AMSR-E
  • DAAC
  • NASA
  • NSIDC
  • NSIDC DAAC
  • Precipitable Water
  • Radiance
  • SMEX
  • Soil Moisture

ISO Topic Category (View Definitions)

  • Climatology/Meteorology/Atmosphere

Platform

  • GROUND-BASED OBSERVATIONS

Instrument

  • SUN PHOTOMETERS

Project

  • SMEX04 Soil Moisture Experiments in 2004

Data Set Progress

complete

Originating Center

NASA/GSFC/SED/ESD/HBSL/CSB

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: Online (HTTP)
Distribution Size: 10 KB
Distribution Format: ASCII Text (.txt)

Personnel

Charles L. Walthall
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • ARS-Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory
  • Rm 104 Bldg 007 BARC-West

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

Wayne P. Dulaney
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:

  • US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • ARS-Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory
  • Rm 104 Bldg 007 BARC-West

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

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
AERONET Homepage

VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
AERONET Home Web Page

VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
AMSR-E/Aqua Data

VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
AMSR-E Validation Data

Metadata Name and Version

Metadata Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata Version: 9.7

Creation and Review Dates

DIF Creation Date: 2009-07-17
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-07-26

Metadata Views

DIF Text-Only

Directory Interchange Format (DIF) in plain text

DIF XML

Directory Interchange Format (DIF) in Extensible Markup Language (XML)

FGDC HTML

U.S. Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM)

ISO HTML

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 19115:2003 Geographic Information Metadata

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