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AQ3_NRCS

Aquarius L3 Weekly Polar-Gridded Normalized Radar Cross Section, Version 5

The data set consists of weekly polar-gridded Level-3 products of Aquarius L-band Normalized Radar Cross Section (NRCS) retrievals from the Aquarius/Satélite de Aplicaciones Científicas (SAC-D) mission, developed collaboratively between the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Argentina's space agency, Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE).

Version Summary:

Version 5 of Aquarius L3 Weekly Polar-Gridded Normalized Radar Cross Section utilizes Version 4 of the Aquarius Level-2 NRCS as input data.

Geographic Coverage

Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 87.4, S: 50, E: 180, W: -180

  • N: -50, S: -79, E: 180, W: -180

Spatial Resolution:
  • 36 km x 36 km
Temporal Coverage:
  • 25 August 2011 to 28 May 2015
Temporal Resolution: 7 day
Parameter(s):
  • Sea Ice > Sea Ice Concentration > Ice Fraction
  • Radar > Radar Cross-section > Normalized Radar Cross Section
Platform(s) SAC-D
Sensor(s): AQUARIUS_SCATTEROMETER
Data Format(s):
  • HDF5
Version: V5
Data Contributor(s): Ludovic Brucker, Emmanuel Dinnat, Lora Koenig

Data Citation

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Brucker, L., E. Dinnat, and L. Koenig. 2015. Aquarius L3 Weekly Polar-Gridded Normalized Radar Cross Section, Version 5. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/Aquarius/AQ3_NRCS.005. [Date Accessed].
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