Daily Global Land Surface Parameters Derived from AMSR-EEntry ID: NSIDC-0451
Abstract: 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 satellite-retrieved geophysical parameter files generated from the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System (AMSR-E) ... instrument on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Aqua satellite. The daily parameter retrievals extend from 19 June 2002 to 31 December 2010 and include daily air temperature minima and maxima (ta) at approximately 2 m in height; fractional cover of open water on land (fw); vegetation canopy microwave transmittance (tc); surface soil moisture (mv) at ≤ 2 cm soil depth; and integrated water vapor content of the intervening atmosphere (V) for the total column. The global retrievals were derived over land for non-precipitating, non-snow, and non-ice covered conditions. The primary input data were daily AMSR-E dual polarized multi-frequency, ascending and descending overpass brightness temperature data. The total volume for this data set is approximately seven gigabytes. Data are provided in zipped binary files and are available via FTP.
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Jones, Lucas A. and John S. Kimball
Dataset Title: Daily Global Land Surface Parameters Derived from AMSR-E
Dataset Release Date: 2010-03-10, updated 2011.
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)
Version: 1.2Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/nsidc-0451.html
Start Date: 2002-06-19Stop Date: 2010-12-31
Latitude Resolution: 25 km
Longitude Resolution: 25 km
Temporal Resolution: Daily
ISO Topic Category
Quality The data are appropriate for global change related assessment of land-atmosphere water, energy and carbon cycle interactions. Although extensive quality checking has been completed, these are research data and the user is responsible for their own quality checking and should be aware that spurious values may exist. The authors hold no responsibly for conclusions drawn from spurious data. We appreciate constructive and well-documented feedback to help make these data more useful. Questions and feedback should be sent to Lucas Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 7 GB
Distribution Format: binary
Email: lucas at ntsg.umt.edu
University of Montana Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group (NTSG)
Province or State: MT
Postal Code: 59812
Email: johnk at ntsg.umt.edu
NTSG School of Forestry University of Montana
Province or State: MT
Postal Code: 59812
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: +1 (303) 492-6199
Fax: +1 (303) 492-2468
Email: nsidc at nsidc.org
National Snow and Ice Data Center CIRES, 449 UCB University of Colorado
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Ashcroft, Peter and Frank Wentz. 2006, updated daily. AMSR-E/Aqua L2A Global Swath Spatially-Resampled Brightness Temperatures V002, 19 June 2002 to 31 December 2008. Boulder, Colorado USA: National Snow and Ice Data Center. Digital media.
Ashcroft, P., F. Wentz. 1999. Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document, AMSR Level 2A Algorithm,Â RSS Tech. Report 121 599B-1. Santa Rosa, CA.
Comiso, J.C., ... D. J. Cavalieri, T. Markus. 2003. Sea Ice Concentration, Ice Temperature, and Snow Depth Using AMSR-E Data. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Rem. Sens. 41(2): 243-52.
Grody, N. C. 1988. Surface Identification Using Satellite Microwave Radiometers. IEEE Trans. Geosci. Rem. Sens. 26: 850-9.
Jones, L. A., C. R. Ferguson, J. S. Kimball, K. Zhang, S. K. Chan, K. C. McDonald, E. G. Njoku, E. F. Wood. 2010 (in press). Daily Land Surface Air Temperature Retrieval from AMSR-E: Comparison with AIRS/AMSU. IEEE J. Appl. Earth Obs. Rem. Sens. (J-STARS).
Jones, L. A., J. S. Kimball, E. Podest, K. C. McDonald, S. K. Chan, E. G. Njoku. 2009. A Method for Deriving Land Surface Moisture, Vegetation, and Open Water Fraction from AMSRE. IEEE Int. Geosci. Rem. Sens. Symp. IGARSS 09, July 13-17, Cape Town, South Africa.
Knowles, K. W., M. H. Savoie, R. L. Armstrong, and M. J. Brodzik. 2006, updated 2009. AMSRE/Aqua Daily EASE-Grid Brightness Temperatures, Version 3. 19 June 2002 to 31 December 2008. Boulder, Colorado USA: National Snow and Ice Data Center. Digital media.
McDonald, K. C., J. S. Kimball. 2005. Chapter 53: Freeze-Thaw States Using Both Active and Passive Microwave Sensors. In Encyclopedia of Hydrological sciences, M. G. Anderson, (Ed.); John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, N.J. pp. 1-15.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2010-01-15
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-05-14