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AMSR-E/Aqua L2B Global Swath Surface Precipitation GSFC Profiling Algorithm, Version 4 (AE_Rain)
Data set:
AE_Rain
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Version Summary
Format change to HDF-EOS5

Overview

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 2017 algorithm using Version 4 of the AMSR-E Level-2A Brightness Temperatures.
Data Contributor(s):
  • Christian
    Kummerow
  • Ralph
    Ferraro
  • David
    Randel
Parameter(s):
CLOUD LIQUID WATER/ICE CONVECTIVE SURFACE PRECIPITATION RATE LIQUID SURFACE PRECIPITATION RATE PRECIPITATION RATE TOTAL SURFACE PRECIPITATION RATE
Platform(s):
Aqua
Sensor(s):
AMSR-E
Data Format(s):
HDF-EOS5
Temporal Coverage:
1 June 2002 to 4 October 2011
Temporal Resolution:
50 minute
Spatial Resolution:
5 km along scan
10 km along track
Spatial Coverage:
N:
89.24
S:
-89.24
E:
180
W:
-180

Data Access & Tools

A free NASA Earthdata Login account is required to access these data. Learn More

Help Articles

FAQ

Fortran readers for AMSR-E Level-2B rain data are available upon request. Please contact NSIDC User Services for more information.

How To

Many NSIDC data set web pages provide the ability to search and filter data with spatial and temporal contstraints using a map-based interface. This article outlines how to order NSIDC DAAC data using advanced searching and filtering. 
To convert HDF5 files into binary format you will need to use the h5dump utility, which is part of the HDF5 distribution available from the HDF Group. How you install HDF5 depends on your operating system.
  Data from the NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center (NSIDC DAAC) can be accessed directly from our HTTPS file system or through our Application Programming Interface (API).
NASA Earthdata Search is a map-based interface where a user can search for Earth science data, filter results based on spatial and temporal constraints, and order data with customizations including re-formatting, re-projecting, and spatial and parameter subsetting.
NASA Worldview uses the Global Imagery Browse Service (GIBS) to provide up to date, full resolution imagery for select NSIDC DAAC data sets (see attachments below).
NASA's Global Imagery Browse Services (GIBS) provides up to date, full resolution imagery for selected NSIDC DAAC data sets. 

Getting started

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.
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.