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Data Set ID:
AQ3_TB

Aquarius L3 Weekly Polar-Gridded Brightness Temperature and Sea Surface Salinity, Version 5

The data set consists of weekly gridded Level-3 products of Aquarius L-band radiometer brightness temperature (TB) observations and Sea Surface Salinity (SSS) retrievals from the Aquarius/Satélite de Aplicaciones Científicas (SAC-D) mission, developed collaboratively between the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Argentina's space agency, Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE).

This is the most recent version of these data.

Version Summary:

Version 5 of Aquarius L3 Weekly Polar-Gridded Brightness Temperature and Sea Surface Salinity utilizes Version 4 of the Level-2 Aquarius TB as input data.

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Parameter(s):
  • MICROWAVE > BRIGHTNESS TEMPERATURE
  • SEA ICE > SEA ICE CONCENTRATION > ICE FRACTION
  • SALINITY/DENSITY > SALINITY
Data Format(s):
  • HDF5
Spatial Coverage:
N: -50, 
N: 87.4, 
S: -79, 
S: 50, 
E: 180, 
E: 180, 
W: -180
W: -180
Platform(s):SAC-D
Spatial Resolution:
  • 36 km x 36 km
Sensor(s):AQUARIUS_RADIOMETER
Temporal Coverage:
  • 25 August 2011 to 4 June 2015
Version(s):V5
Temporal Resolution7 dayMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):Ludovic Brucker, Emmanuel Dinnat, Lora Koenig

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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.

Brucker, L., E. Dinnat, and L. Koenig. 2015. Aquarius L3 Weekly Polar-Gridded Brightness Temperature and Sea Surface Salinity, Version 5. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: https://doi.org/10.5067/Aquarius/AQ3_TB.005. [Date Accessed].

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