Millimeter-wave Imaging Radiometer Brightness Temperatures, Wakasa Bay, Japan
Entry ID: NSIDC-0193

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Abstract: This data set includes calibrated brightness temperatures measured over Wakasa Bay in the Sea of Japan in January and February 2003. The MIR was carried on a military-type P-3 aircraft. Brightness temperatures were taken at 57 beam positions covering 100 degrees swath. These data were acquired in support of the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) Wakasa Bay Field Campaign. Data are available in binary format from NSIDC via FTP. AMSR-E is a mission instrument launched aboard NASA's Aqua Satellite on 4 May 2002. The Wakasa Bay Field Campaign was designed to validate both AMSR and AMSR-E shallow rainfall and snowfall retrieval capabilities.
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Description: AMSR-E Validation Data
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 40.0   S: 30.0   E: 150.0   W: 130.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Wang, J.
Dataset Title: Millimeter-wave Imaging Radiometer Brightness Temperatures, Wakasa Bay, Japan
Dataset Release Date: 2004-03-18
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC DAAC: NASA DAAC at the National Snow and Ice Data Center
Version: 1
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2003-01-14
Stop Date: 2003-02-03
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Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 178.05 MB
Distribution Format: Binary
Phone: 301-614-5655
Fax: 301-614-5558
Email: James.R.Wang at
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Goddard Space Flight Center
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Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA
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Wang, J. R. and L. A. Chang. 1990. Retrieval of Water Vapor Profiles from Microwave Radiometric Measurements Near 90 and 183 GHz. J. Appl. Meteor. 29(10), 1005-1013. Wang, J. R., S. H. Melfi, P. Racette, D. N. Whitemen, L. A. Chang, R. A. Ferrare, K. D. Evans and F. J. Schmidlin. 1995. Simultaneous Measurements of Atmospheric Water Vapor with MIR, Raman Lidar and Rawinsondes. J.Appl.Meteor. 34(7) 1595-1607. Racette, P., R.F. Adler, A.J. Gasiewski, D.M. Jackson, J.R. Wang and D.S. Zacharias. 1996. An Airborne Millimeter-Wave Imaging Radiometer for Cloud, Precipitation and Water Vapor Studies. J. Atmos.Ocean.Tech. 13(3), 610-619.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-03-18
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-07-07
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