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AMSR-E/Aqua L2B Global Swath Rain Rate/Type GSFC Profiling Algorithm
Entry ID: AE_Rain

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Summary
Abstract: The Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) instrument on the NASA EOS Aqua satellite provides global passive microwave measurements of terrestrial, oceanic, and atmospheric variables for the investigation of water and energy cycles. This Level-2B swath product (AE_Rain) contains instantaneous measurements of rain rate and rain type (convective vs. stratiform), generated from Level-2A brightness temperatures (AE_L2A). The Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Profiling algorithm determines rain rate and type over ocean areas, and a Modified GSFC Profiling algorithm over land. Data are stored in HDF-EOS format, and are available from 18 June 2002 to present via FTP.
Related URL
Description: AMSR-E Web site at NSIDC
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 70.0   S: -70.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Adler, R., T. Wilheit, Jr., C. Kummerow, and R. Ferraro.
Dataset Title: AMSR-E/Aqua L2B Global Swath Rain Rate/Type GSFC Profiling Algorithm
Dataset Release Date: 2004-02-27
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC DAAC: NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
Version: 2
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/AE_Rain
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2002-06-18
Stop Date: 2011-10-03
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 5.4 km
Longitude Resolution: 5.4 km
Temporal Resolution: 50 minute
Quality Each HDF-EOS file contains core metadata with Quality Assessment (QA) metadata flags that are set by the Science Investigator-led Processing System (SIPS) at the Global Hydrology and Climate Center (GHCC) prior to delivery to NSIDC. A separate metadata file with a .xml file extension is also delivered to NSIDC with the HDF-EOS file, and it contains the same information as the core metadata. Three ... View entire text
Data Set Progress
IN WORK
Data Center
NSIDC Distributed Active Archive Center Supplemental Info
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/daac/index.html

Data Center Personnel
Name: NSIDC USER SERVICES
Phone: +1 (303) 492-6199
Fax: +1 (303) 492-2468
Email: nsidc at nsidc.org
Contact Address:
National Snow and Ice Data Center
CIRES, 449 UCB
University of Colorado
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
Distribution
Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 18 MB
Distribution Format: HDF-EOS
Personnel
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: +1 (303) 492-6199
Fax: +1 (303) 492-2468
Email: nsidc at nsidc.org
Contact Address:
National Snow and Ice Data Center
CIRES, 449 UCB
University of Colorado
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
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Publications/References
Conway, D. 2002. Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - EOS Quality Assurance Plan. Huntsville, AL Global Hydrology and Climate Center. Ferraro, R. R. 1997. SSM/I Derived Global Rainfall Estimates for Climatological Applications. Journal of Geophysical Research 102:16,715-16,735. Ferraro, R. R. and G. F. Marks. 1995. The Development of SSM/I Rain Rate Retrieval Algorithms Using Ground Based ... View entire text
Extended Metadata Properties
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-02-27
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-04-04

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