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NASA Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) at NSIDC

Scatterometry Data

Scatterometer Imagery Supporting Climate Studies

Data Sets

The links below take you to data sets where you can order data directly from NSIDC, the Physical Oceanography DAAC (PO.DAAC), the Brigham Young University (BYU), or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Near-Real-Time Products.

Data Products

Click on the thumbnails below each product title to view larger images and descriptions. These are just a few examples of Arctic, Antarctic, and global scatterometry images from each data product. They do not necessarily represent the complete set of regions and images available from each product.

Data Products Available from NSIDC

NSIDC provides sea ice extent for the Arctic and Antarctic, produced from daily-averaged QuikSCAT sigma-0 measurements.

NASA SCP Arctic and Antarctic Ice Extent from QuikSCAT, 1999-2004
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Data Products Available from PO.DAAC [top]

PO.DAAC provides conventional and enhanced-resolution radar backscatter images of the polar regions from SASS, ERS-1/2, NSCAT, QuickSCAT and SeaWinds.

PO.DAAC sea ice data are available via the PO.DAAC Sea Ice Catalog.

PO.DAAC sea surface temperature data are available via the PO.DAAC Ocean Temperature Data Catalog.

PO.DAAC radiometer and scatterometer wind data are available via the PO.DAAC Ocean Winds Data Catalog.



SeaWinds on QuikSCAT Arctic Sea Ice Age Classification (BYU/SCP), D. Long
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BYU Daily Browse Images of QuikSCAT Sigma-0 Measurements
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BYU Daily Browse Images of SeaWinds Sigma-0 Measurements
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BYU High Resolution Images of Seasat Sigma0 Measurements
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BYU High Resolution Images of NSCAT Sigma0 Measurements
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BYU High Resolution Images of ERS Sigma0 Measurements
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Data Products Available from BYU [top]

BYU provides enhanced-resolution images and derived products.


BYU Scatterometer Climate Record Pathfinder (SCP) Data Sets
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Data Products Available from NOAA [top]

Ocean Surface Winds Derived from the SeaWinds Scatterometer provides access to Paul Chang's NOAA Near-Real-Time Products page with QuikSCAT Near-Real-Time (NRT) wind, backscatter, and ice products.