AMSR/AMSR-E Wakasa Bay Field Campaign 2003

Weather forecast map of Wakasa Bay

Weather forecast map of Wakasa Bay, Japan showing precipitation on 28 January 2003. Image courtesy of NSIDC. See high-resolution image.

The AMSR/AMSR-E Wakasa Bay Field Campaign was conducted over Wakasa Bay, Japan, in January and February, 2003. The campaign was designed to validate both AMSR and AMSR-E shallow rainfall and snowfall retrieval capabilities, extend the database of rainfall properties needed to implement a comprehensive physical validation scheme, and extend understanding of rainfall structures through new remote sensing technology.

The experiment included the NASA P-3 aircraft carrying the sensors listed in the Wakasa Bay Rainfall Data section below, an array of ground-based radars, and in situ ground and airborne hydrometer observations provided by Japan's Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology (CREST) program.

The Wakasa Bay Field Campaign includes joint research observations by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the AMSR precipitation validation team, and the NASA AMSR-E team.

Wakasa Bay Rainfall Data

Millimeter-wave Imaging Radiometer (MIR) Data, Wakasa Bay

AMMR Air and Brightness Temperature Data, Wakasa Bay

Airborne Cloud Radar (ACR) Reflectivity and Cloud Velocity, Wakasa Bay, Japan

APR-2 Dual-frequency Airborne Radar Observations, Wakasa Bay

Wakasa Bay Polarimetric Scanning Radiometer (PSR) Data

Wakasa Bay Weather Forecast Maps

http://sharaku.eorc.jaxa.jp/AMSR/index.html

See Also

AMSR/ADEOS-II Data at NSIDC
Includes tools for ordering and working with the data, how to obtain guide documentation, FAQs, and other related AMSR-E information.

AMSR-E/Aqua Data at NSIDC
Includes tools for ordering and working with the data, how to obtain guide documentation, FAQs, and other related AMSR-E information.

Related Resources

Lobl, et al. 2007. Wakasa Bay: An AMSR Precipitation Validation Campaign. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society DOI: 10.1175/BAMS-88-4-551.

AMSR/AMSR-E Home Page at JAXA
Information regarding AMSR/AMSR-E at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency