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Airborne Cloud Radar (ACR) Reflectivity, Wakasa Bay, Japan, Version 1

This data set includes 94 GHz co- and cross-polarized radar reflectivity. The Airborne Cloud Radar (ACR) sensor was mounted to a NASA P-3 aircraft flown over the Sea of Japan, the Western Pacific Ocean, and the Japanese Islands. The ACR data were acquired during the AMSR/AMSR-E Wakasa Bay Field Campaign in January and February 2003. Data are available in network Common Data Format (netCDF) from NSIDC via FTP.

The Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) is a mission instrument launched aboard NASA's Aqua Satellite on 4 May 2002. The Wakasa Bay field campaign was designed to validate both AMSR and AMSR-E shallow rainfall and snowfall retrieval capabilities.

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Temporal Coverage:
  • 2003-01-14 to 2003-02-03
Temporal Resolution:
Not specified
Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 40, S: 30, E: 150, W: 130

Spatial Resolution:
Not Specified
  • Clouds > Cloud Reflectance
  • Clouds
  • Radar > Radar Reflectivity
  • Atmospheric Radiation > Reflectance
Data Format(s):
  • NetCDF
Data Contributor(s): Graeme Stephens, Richard Austin

We kindly request that you cite the use of this data set in a publication using the following citation. For more information, see Use and Copyright.

Stephens, G. L. and R. T. Austin. 2004. Airborne Cloud Radar (ACR) Reflectivity, Wakasa Bay, Japan, Version 1. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center.

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