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NASA Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) at NSIDC

Supporting scientific study of the cryosphere

See Also

AMSR-E/Aqua Data at NSIDC

This product Home page contains tools for ordering and working with the data, and information regarding the data products availability, how to obtain guide documentation, FAQs, and other related AMSR-E information.

AMSR-E Validation Data

NSIDC also archives and distributes AMSR-E Validation Data, which document the accuracy and precision of AMSR-E satellite observations and their derived products.

Related Resources

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: Aqua Project Science Web site

The Aqua Project Web site contains in depth information about the Aqua project.

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center: AMSR-E Science Team Web site

The AMSR-E Science Team Web site contains information about AMSR-E science team meetings, an instrument description, and other related topics.

DAAC Data Projects: Passive Microwave


The Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) instrument was launched aboard NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) Aqua Satellite on 4 May 2002. The AMSR-E is a twelve-channel, six-frequency, conically-scanning, passive-microwave radiometer system. It measures horizontally and vertically polarized microwave radiation (brightness temperatures) ranging from 6.9 GHz to 89.0 GHz. Spatial resolution of the individual measurements varies from 5.4 km at 89 GHz to 56 km at 6.9 GHz.

The AMSR-E instrument provides measurements of land, oceanic, and atmospheric parameters for the investigation of global water and energy cycles, including precipitation rate, sea surface temperature, sea ice concentration, snow water equivalent, soil moisture, surface wetness, wind speed, atmospheric cloud water, and water vapor.

NSIDC archives and distributes daily, weekly, and monthly Level-1A, Level-2A, Level-2B, and Level-3 data from AMSR-E. Please see the AMSR-E/Aqua Data at NSIDC Web site for tools to order and work with the data, information regarding the availability of data products, how to obtain guide documentation, FAQs, and other related AMSR-E information.

Sample Image

23H GHz Tb image

Antarctic 25 km brightness temperatures, 23H GHz, 23 February 2004
This image is derived from AMSR-E/Aqua Daily L3 25 km Tb, Sea Ice Temperature,
& Sea Ice Conc. Polar Grids