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Daily Global Land Surface Parameters Derived from AMSR-E, Version 1

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This data set contains satellite-retrieved geophysical parameter files generated from the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) instrument on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Aqua satellite. The daily parameter retrievals extend from 19 June 2002 to 27 September 2011 and include daily air temperature minima and maxima (ta) at approximately 2 m in height; fractional cover of open water on land (fw); vegetation canopy microwave transmittance (tc); surface soil moisture (mv) at ≤ 2 cm soil depth; and integrated water vapor content of the intervening atmosphere (V) for the total column. The global retrievals were derived over land for non-precipitating, non-snow, and non-ice covered conditions. The primary input data were daily AMSR-E dual polarized multi-frequency, ascending and descending overpass brightness temperature data. The total volume for this data set is approximately seven gigabytes. Data are provided in zipped binary files and are available via FTP.

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Geographic Coverage

Data Set Tabs

Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 90, S: -90, E: 180, W: -180

Spatial Resolution:
  • 25 kn x 25 kn
  • 25 km x 25 km
Temporal Coverage
  • 2002-06-19 to 2011-09-27
(updated 2012.)
Temporal Resolution:
1 day
  • Vegetation > Canopy Transmittance
  • Soils > Soil Moisture/Water Content
  • Atmospheric Temperature > Surface Air Temperature
  • Surface Water
Sensor(s): AMSR-E
Data Format(s):
  • Binary
Data Contributor(s): Lucas Jones, John Kimball

Data Citation

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

Jones, L. A. and J. S. Kimball. 2010, updated 2012.. Daily Global Land Surface Parameters Derived from AMSR-E, Version 1. [indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. [Date Accessed].

Literature Citation

As a condition of using this data, we request that you acknowledge the author(s) of this data set by referencing the following peer-reviewed publication.

  • Jones, L. A., C. R. Ferguson, K. Zhang, S. Chan, E. F. Wood, K. C. McDonald, E. G. Njoku, and J. S. Kimball. 2010. Satellite Microwave Remote Sensing of Daily Land Surface Air Temperature Minima and Maxima From AMSR-E, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing. 3. 111-123.

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