AMSR-E/Aqua Monthly L3 5x5 deg Rainfall Accumulations, Version 2
The Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) instrument on the NASA EOS Aqua satellite provides global passive microwave measurements of terrestrial, oceanic, and atmospheric variables for the investigation of water and energy cycles.
This Level-3 rainfall accumulation product (AE_RnGd) consists of two grids of 28 rows by 72 columns of monthly averaged rainfall accumulation over ocean and land. Both grids are 5 degree by 5 degree resolution. Monthly ocean rainfall accumulation (mm) is derived from the Wilheit, Kummerow, and Ferraro (1991) algorithm, using Level-2A brightness temperatures as input. Monthly land rainfall accumulation (mm) is derived from the McCollum and Ferraro (2003) algorithm, using Level-2B rainfall data as input. Data are stored in HDF-EOS format, and are available from 19 June 2002 to the present via FTP.
The following example shows how to cite the use of this data set in a publication. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.
R. Adler, T. Wilheit, Jr., C. Kummerow, R. Ferraro. 2004. AMSR-E/Aqua Monthly L3 5x5 deg Rainfall Accumulations. Version 2. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA: National Snow and Ice Data Center.