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Data Set ID:
AE_Ocean

AMSR-E/Aqua L2B Global Swath Ocean Products derived from Wentz Algorithm, Version 2

The Level-3 daily product (AE_DyOcn), weekly product (AE_WkOcn), and monthly product (AE_MoOcn) include SST, near-surface wind speed, columnar water vapor, and columnar cloud liquid water over oceans in a 0.25 degree by 0.25 degree grid, generated from AE_Ocean.

Geographic Coverage

Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 89.24, S: -89.24, E: 180, W: -180

Spatial Resolution: Not Specified
Temporal Coverage:
  • 18 June 2002 to 3 October 2011
Temporal Resolution: 50 minute
Parameter(s):
  • Clouds > Cloud Liquid Water/Ice
  • Clouds > Cloud Precipitable Water
  • Atmospheric Water Vapor > Precipitable Water
  • Ocean Temperature > Sea Surface Temperature
  • Atmospheric Winds > Surface Winds
  • Ocean Winds > Surface Winds
  • Ocean Temperature > Water Temperature
  • Atmospheric Water Vapor > Water Vapor
Platform(s) AQUA
Sensor(s): AMSR-E
Data Format(s):
  • HDF-EOS
Version: V2
Data Contributor(s): Frank Wentz, Thomas Meissner

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.

Wentz, F. J. and T. Meissner. 2004. AMSR-E/Aqua L2B Global Swath Ocean Products derived from Wentz Algorithm, Version 2. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/AMSR-E/AE_OCEAN.002. [Date Accessed].

FAQ

Why does the number of pixels per scan vary among different Level-2 AMSR-E data sets?

A typical AMSR-E swath width consists of approximately 2000 scans, with 243 pixels per scan for the 6.9 GHz to 36.5 GHz channels, and 486 pixels per scan for the 89.0 GHz channel.

In 2002, the AMSR-E science team discovered distortion along the outer 23 to 24 pixels of each swath. Some... read more

What data subsetting, reformatting, and reprojection services are available for AMSR-E data?

The following table describes the data subsetting, reformatting, and reprojection services that are currently available for AMSR-E data via the NASA Earthdata Search tool.

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How To

How do I programmatically request data services (e.g. subsetting, reformatting, reprojection) using an API?

The subsetting, reformatting, and reprojection services provided by NSIDC through NASA Earthdata Search can also be accessed programmatically using a WCS-compatible API endpoint. This programmatic access is provided via an HTTP URL containing a... read more