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Daily Global Land Surface Parameters Derived from AMSR-E

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Entry ID

NSIDC-0451

Summary

Notice to Data Users: The documentation for this data set was provided solely by the Principal Investigator(s) and was not further developed, thoroughly reviewed, or edited by NSIDC. Thus, support for this data set may be limited.

This data set contains satellite-retrieved geophysical parameter files generated from the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) instrument on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Aqua satellite. The daily parameter retrievals extend from 19 June 2002 to 27 September 2011 and include daily air temperature minima and maxima (ta) at approximately 2 m in height; fractional cover of open water on land (fw); vegetation canopy microwave transmittance (tc); surface soil moisture (mv) at ≤ 2 cm soil depth; and integrated water vapor content of the intervening atmosphere (V) for the total column. The global retrievals were derived over land for non-precipitating, non-snow, and non-ice covered conditions. The primary input data were daily AMSR-E dual polarized multi-frequency, ascending and descending overpass brightness temperature data. The total volume for this data set is approximately seven gigabytes. Data are provided in zipped binary files and are available via FTP.

Geographic Coverage

 

Spatial Coordinates:
N: 90°     S: -90°     E: 180°     W: -180°    

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: Jones, L. A. and J. S. Kimball.
Dataset Title: Daily Global Land Surface Parameters Derived from AMSR-E
Dataset Release Date: 2010-03-10updated 2012.
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-0451.html

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 2002-06-19
Stop Date: 2011-09-27

Data Resolution

Latitude Resolution: 25 km
Longitude Resolution: 25 km
Temporal Resolution: 1 day

Location Keywords

  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION GLOBAL
  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION GLOBAL LAND

Science Keywords

  • Atmosphere Atmospheric Radiation Transmittance
  • Atmosphere Atmospheric Temperature Surface Air Temperature
  • Atmosphere Atmospheric Water Vapor Water Vapor
  • Land Surface Soils Soil Moisture/Water Content
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Surface Water

Ancillary Keywords

  • AMSR-E
  • AMSR-E Validation
  • Atmosphere
  • Canopy Cover
  • Daily Data
  • EASE-Grid
  • Global
  • Land Surface
  • Maximum Daily
  • Minimum Daily
  • NSIDC DAAC
  • NSIDC > National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • Passive Microwave Brightness Temperatures
  • Passive Microwave Data

ISO Topic Category (View Definitions)

  • Climatology/Meteorology/Atmosphere

Platform

  • AQUA Earth Observing System, AQUA

Instrument

  • AMSR-E Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer-EOS

Quality

The data are appropriate for global change related assessment of land-atmosphere water, energy and carbon cycle interactions. Although extensive quality checking has been completed, these are research data and the user is responsible for their own quality checking and should be aware that spurious values may exist. The authors hold no responsibly for conclusions drawn from spurious data. We appreciate constructive and well-documented feedback to help make these data more useful. Questions and feedback should be sent to Lucas Jones (lucas@ntsg.umt.edu).

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: 7 GB
Distribution Format: Binary

Personnel

Lucas A. Jones
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Email: lucas@ntsg.umt.edu
Contact Address:

  • University of Montana
  • Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group (NTSG)
  • ,

City: Missoula
Province or State: MT
Postal Code: 59812
Country: USA

John S. Kimball
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Email: johnk@ntsg.umt.edu
Contact Address:

  • University of Montana
  • Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group (NTSG)

City: Missoula
Province or State: MT
Postal Code: 59812
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

VIEW RELATED INFORMATION
AMSR-E Validation Data

Reference

Ashcroft, Peter and Frank Wentz. 2006, updated daily. AMSR-E/Aqua L2A Global Swath Spatially-Resampled Brightness Temperatures V002, 19 June 2002 to 31 December 2008. Boulder, Colorado USA: National Snow and Ice Data Center. Digital media.

Ashcroft, P., F. Wentz. 1999. “Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document, AMSR Level 2A Algorithm,” RSS Tech. Report 121 599B-1. Santa Rosa, CA.

Comiso, J.C., D. J. Cavalieri, T. Markus. 2003. Sea Ice Concentration, Ice Temperature, and Snow Depth Using AMSR-E Data. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Rem. Sens. 41(2): 243-52. Grody, N. C. 1988. Surface Identification Using Satellite Microwave Radiometers. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Rem. Sens. 26: 850-9.

Jones, L. A., C. R. Ferguson, J. S. Kimball, K. Zhang, S. K. Chan, K. C. McDonald, E. G. Njoku, E. F. Wood. 2010 (in press). Daily Land Surface Air Temperature Retrieval from AMSR-E: Comparison with AIRS/AMSU. IEEE J. Appl. Earth Obs. Rem. Sens. (J-STARS).

Jones, L. A., J. S. Kimball, E. Podest, K. C. McDonald, S. K. Chan, E. G. Njoku. 2009. A Method for Deriving Land Surface Moisture, Vegetation, and Open Water Fraction from AMSRE. IEEE Int. Geosci. Rem. Sens. Symp. IGARSS ’09, July 13-17, Cape Town, South Africa.

Knowles, K. W., M. H. Savoie, R. L. Armstrong, and M. J. Brodzik. 2006, updated 2009. AMSRE/Aqua Daily EASE-Grid Brightness Temperatures, Version 3. 19 June 2002 to 31 December 2008. Boulder, Colorado USA: National Snow and Ice Data Center. Digital media.

McDonald, K. C., J. S. Kimball. 2005. Chapter 53: Freeze-Thaw States Using Both Active and Passive Microwave Sensors. In Encyclopedia of Hydrological sciences, M. G. Anderson, (Ed.); John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, N.J. pp. 1-15.

Metadata Name and Version

Metadata Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata Version: 9.7

Creation and Review Dates

DIF Creation Date: 2010-03-10
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-10-10

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