Data Set ID:
AE_Rain

AMSR-E/Aqua L2B Global Swath Surface Precipitation GSFC Profiling Algorithm, Version 3

The AMSR-E/Aqua Level-2B precipitation product includes instantaneous surface precipitation rate and type over ice-free/snow-free land and ocean between 89.24 degrees north and south latitudes at at 10 km spatial resolution along the track and 5 km spatial resolution along the scan. The data are generated by the GPROF 2010 Version 2 algorithm using Version 3 of the AMSR-E Level-2A Brightness Temperatures.

This is the most recent version of these data.

Version Summary:

Version 3 utilizes the GPROF 2010 Version 2 algorithm and Version 3 of the AMSR-E Level-2A Brightness Temperatures as input. Version 3 now includes both rain and solid precipitation rates and types, as well as ISO lineage metadata.

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Parameter(s):
  • CLOUDS > CLOUD MICROPHYSICS > CLOUD LIQUID WATER/ICE
  • PRECIPITATION > SOLID PRECIPITATION > CONVECTIVE SURFACE PRECIPITATION RATE
  • PRECIPITATION > LIQUID PRECIPITATION > LIQUID SURFACE PRECIPITATION RATE
  • PRECIPITATION > PRECIPITATION RATE
  • PRECIPITATION > TOTAL SURFACE PRECIPITATION RATE
Data Format(s):
  • HDF-EOS
Spatial Coverage:
N: 89.24, 
S: -89.24, 
E: 180, 
W: -180
Platform(s):AQUA
Spatial Resolution:
  • 10 km along track x 5 km along scan
Sensor(s):AMSR-E
Temporal Coverage:
  • 1 June 2002 to 4 October 2011
Version(s):V3
Temporal Resolution50 minuteMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):Christian Kummerow, Ralph Ferraro, David Randel

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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.

Kummerow, C., R. Ferraro, and D. Randel. 2015. AMSR-E/Aqua L2B Global Swath Surface Precipitation GSFC Profiling Algorithm, Version 3. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: https://doi.org/10.5067/AMSR-E/AE_RAIN.003. [Date Accessed].

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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 algorithm... read more
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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. Short Name Title Parameter Subsetting Spatial... read more
Are there any Fortran Readers available for AMSR-E Level-2B rain data?
Fortran readers for AMSR-E Level-2B rain data are available upon request. Please contact NSIDC User Services for more information.