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Data Set ID:
AQ3_TB

Aquarius L3 Weekly Polar-Gridded Brightness Temperature and Sea Surface Salinity, Version 5

The data set consists of weekly gridded Level-3 products of Aquarius L-band radiometer brightness temperature (TB) observations and Sea Surface Salinity (SSS) 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 Brightness Temperature and Sea Surface Salinity utilizes Version 4 of the Level-2 Aquarius TB 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):
  • Microwave > Brightness Temperature
  • Sea Ice > Sea Ice Concentration > Ice Fraction
  • Salinity/Density > Salinity > Sea Surface Salinity
Platform(s) SAC-D
Sensor(s): AQUARIUS_RADIOMETER
Data Format(s):
  • HDF5
Version: V5
Data Contributor(s): Ludovic Brucker, Emmanuel Dinnat, Lora Koenig

Data Citation

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

Brucker, L., E. Dinnat, and L. Koenig. 2015. Aquarius L3 Weekly Polar-Gridded Brightness Temperature and Sea Surface Salinity, 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_TB.005. [Date Accessed].
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