Data Sets

The following table lists the standard AMSR/ADEOS-II data available from NSIDC. For data access and documentation, click on the data set titles in the table below.

Title Spatial Coverage Temporal Coverage Spatial Resolution Temporal Resolution Parameter(s)

AMSR/ADEOS-II L1A Raw Observation Counts

Dataset Summary

The Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR) instrument on the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Advanced Earth Observation Satellite-II (ADEOS-II) provided global passive microwave measurements of land, ocean, and atmospheric variables for the investigation of global water and energy cycles. The AMSR/ADEOS-II L1A Raw Observation Counts (AMSR-L1A) data set was processed from Level 0 science packet data by the JAXA Earth Observation Center (EOC) in Japan. Each half-orbit data granule consists of observation counts, antenna temperature coefficients, offsets for calculating antenna temperatures, calibration temperature counts, land/ocean flags, time, latitude, longitude, and navigation fields in Hierarchical Data Format (HDF). AMSR is a conical scan sensor that sweeps the surface of the Earth at about ±90 degrees centered at the direction of the satellite flight. The swath width is about 1600 km. It measures horizontally and vertically polarized radiance at 6.9, 10.65, 18.7, 23.8, 36.5, and 89.0 GHz; and vertically polarized radiance at 50.3 and 52.8 GHz. AMSR collected 290 data points per scan for the 6 GHz to 36 GHz channels and 580 data points per scan for the 89 GHz channel. Data are available via FTP.

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N: 90, S: -90, E: 180, W: -180 2003/04/02 to 2003/10/24 5 km to 50 km-5 km to 50 km 50 minute Sensor Counts

AMSR/ADEOS-II L2A Global Swath Spatially-Resampled Brightness Temperatures

Dataset Summary

The Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR) instrument on the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Advanced Earth Observation Satellite-II (ADEOS-II) provided global passive microwave measurements of land, ocean, and atmospheric variables for the investigation of global water and energy cycles. The AMSR Level-2A product (AA_L2A) contains brightness temperatures at 6.9 GHz, 10.65 GHz, 18.7 GHz, 23.8 GHz, 36.5 GHz, 89.0 GHz, 50.3 GHz, and 52.8GHz. Data are resampled to be spatially consistent except for the 50.3GHz and 52.8GHz data, and therefore are available at a variety of resolutions that correspond to the footprint sizes of the observations such as 56 km, 38 km, 24 km, 21 km, 12 km, and 5.4 km, respectively. Each swath is packaged with associated geolocation fields. AMSR was an eight-frequency, passive-microwave radiometer system with the ability to observe from day to night, under any weather conditions with less cloud effects. AMSR was a conical scan sensor that swept the surface of the Earth at about ±90 degrees centered at the direction of the satellite flight. It measured horizontally and vertically polarized radiances at 6.9, 10.65, 18.7, 23.8, 36.5, and 89.0 GHz; and vertically polarized radiances at 50.3 and 52.8 GHz. Spatial resolution of the individual measurements varies from 5 km at 89 GHz to ~50 km at 6.9 and 10.65 GHz. Data are stored in Hierarchical Data Format - Earth Observing System (HDF-EOS) format and are available from 2003-01-18 to 2003-10-24 via FTP.

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N: 90, S: -90, E: 180, W: -180 2003/01/18 to 2003/10/24 5 km to 50 km-5 km to 50 km 50 minute Brightness Temperature, Microwave Imagery