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AMSR-E/Aqua L2B Global Swath Surface Precipitation GSFC Profiling Algorithm, Version 3

The AMSR-E/Aqua Level-2B precipitation product includes instantaneous surface precipitation rate and type over ice-free/snow-free land and ocean between 89.24 degrees north and south latitudes at at 10 km spatial resolution along the track and 5 km spatial resolution along the scan. The data are generated by the GPROF 2010 Version 2 algorithm using Version 3 of the AMSR-E Level-2A Brightness Temperatures.

Note: Version 3 was implemented on November 11, 2015. Both Version 2 and Version 3 are available for approximately six months, after which, Version 2 will be discontinued.

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Version Summary:

Version 3 utilizes the GPROF 2010 Version 2 algorithm and Version 3 of the AMSR-E Level-2A Brightness Temperatures as input. Version 3 now includes both rain and solid precipitation rates and types, as well as ISO lineage metadata.

Geographic Coverage

Data Set Tabs

Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 89.24, S: -89.24, E: 180, W: -180

Spatial Resolution:
  • 10 km along track x 5 km along scan
Temporal Coverage
  • 1 June 2002 to 4 October 2011
Temporal Resolution:
50 minute
  • Clouds > Cloud Liquid Water/Ice
  • Precipitation > Solid Precipitation > Convective Surface Precipitation Rate
  • Precipitation > Liquid Precipitation > Liquid Surface Precipitation Rate
  • Precipitation > Precipitation Rate
  • Precipitation > Total Surface Precipitation Rate
Sensor(s): AMSR-E
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Data Contributor(s): Christian Kummerow, Ralph Ferraro, David Randel

Data Citation

As a condition of using this data, you must cite the use of this data set using the following citation. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.

Kummerow, C., R. Ferraro, and D. Randel. 2015. AMSR-E/Aqua L2B Global Swath Surface Precipitation GSFC Profiling Algorithm, Version 3. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/AMSR-E/AE_RAIN.003. [Date Accessed].

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