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Data Set ID:
NSIDC-0450

Co-Registered AMSR-E, QuikSCAT, and WMO Data, Version 1

Notice to Data Users:
The documentation for this data set was provided solely by the Principal Investigator(s) and was not further developed, thoroughly reviewed, or edited by NSIDC. Thus, support for this data set may be limited.

This data set contains the following spatially and temporally co-registered data: Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) brightness temperatures for all channels; Quick Scatterometer (QuikSCAT) backscattering coefficients; and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) ground observations acquired from more than two thousand stations. There is a large, increasing interest in the potential arising from the combination of active and passive microwave data for the extraction of geophysical parameters from spaceborne platforms. Often, one of the major obstacles is the generation of spatially and temporally co-registered data sets for testing hypotheses, validating models, and developing retrieval approaches. The temporal coverage of this data set spans from 01 January 2002 through 19 March 2009 with AMSR-E data included for the 19 June 2002 through 19 March 2009 time period. The volume of the data set is approximately two gigabytes. Data are provided in tab-delimited ASCII text files and are available via FTP.

Geographic Coverage

Data Set Tabs

Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 79.55, S: 30.667, E: 180, W: -179.83301

Spatial Resolution: Not Specified
Temporal Coverage:
  • 1 January 2002 to 31 December 2009
Temporal Resolution: Not specified
Parameter(s):
  • Atmospheric Temperature > Air Temperature
  • Atmospheric Winds
  • Infrared Wavelengths > Brightness Temperature
  • Microwave > Brightness Temperature
  • Atmospheric Water Vapor > Dew Point Temperature
  • Atmospheric Phenomena > Fog
  • Precipitation > Hail
  • Atmospheric Temperature > Maximum/Minimum Temperature
  • Precipitation > Precipitation Amount
  • Radar > Radar Backscatter
  • Precipitation > Rain
  • Atmospheric Pressure > Sea Level Pressure
Platform(s) AQUA, GROUND STATIONS, METEOROLOGICAL STATIONS, QUIKSCAT
Sensor(s): AMSR-E, RADIOMETERS, SCATTEROMETERS, SEAWINDS
Data Format(s):
  • ASCII Text (.txt)
Version: V1
Data Contributor(s): Marco Tedesco, Jeffrey Miller

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.

Tedesco, M. and J. Miller. 2010. Co-Registered AMSR-E, QuikSCAT, and WMO Data, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/PVI6JRI0R35W. [Date Accessed].

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