Defense Meteorological Satellite Program
Entry ID: gov.noaa.class.DMSP

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Abstract: ABSTRACT: The DMSP is a Department of Defense (DoD) program which is responsible for designing, building, launching, and operating polar-orbiting environmental satellites. Data collected are from four instruments: Special Sensor Microwave Imager (SSM/I), Special Sensor Microwave Imager/Sounder (SSM/IS), Special Sensor Microwave Sounder (SSM/T), and the Special Sensor Microwave Water Vapor Profiler ... View entire text

Purpose: PURPOSE: The DMSP satellites collect environmental data to monitor meteorological, oceanographic and space weather conditions in support of operational requirements of the Department of Defense, as well as other sectors of the government.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: DOC/NOAA/NESDIS > National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Dataset Title: Defense Meteorological Satellite Program
Dataset Release Date: 1987-07-16
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1987-07-16


PROCESS DESCRIPTION: SSM/I's output voltages are transmitted to the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC) in Monterey, California, where they are converted to sensor counts. FNMOC then converts the sensor counts into ... View entire text
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DISTRIBUTION LIABILITY: Disclaimer - While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
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Data Center
Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:
Dataset ID: ______DMSP ____

Data Center Personnel
Phone: (303) 497-5099
Fax: (303) 497-6513
Email: Anna.Milan at
Contact Address:
325 Broadway, Mail Code E/GC4
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80305-3328
Country: USA
Distribution Format: binary, direct access
Fees: FTP is free. Optical disks = $25.00, magnetic tape = $100 + service and handling

Distribution Format: netCDF
Fees: FTP is free. Optical disks = $25.00, magnetic tape = $100 + service and handling
Phone: (301) 763-8142 ext 124
Fax: (301) 899-9196
Email: Hanjun.Ding at
Contact Address:
5200 Auth Road
City: Camp Springs
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20746 - 4304
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-05-22
Last DIF Revision Date: 2011-11-03
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