Arctic Satellite Composite Imagery - Shortwave Infrared
Entry ID: SSEC-ARCTIC-Composite-ShortwaveInfrared-ARC-0713843

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Summary
Abstract: The Space Science and Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison generates a shortwave infrared (~3.8 microns) Arctic satellite composite imagery. Using a mosaic of all satellite data available allows the benefits of both the timeliness and routine observations of geostationary satellites as well as the high latitude coverage of the polar orbiting satellites. The Arctic composites ... View entire text

Purpose: A common use of the routinely generated composite is weather depiction and in particular, clouds are the prime feature in the infrared composites. Used by both scientists and forecasters, the Wisconsin composite provides the only routinely available composite on an hourly basis using both geostationary and polar orbiting satellite imagery for the Arctic.
Related URL
Description: Home page for the Arctic Satellite Composite Project
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Caption:  Sample Arctic composite imagery
 
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: 28.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dataset Title: Arctic Composite Satellite Imagery
Dataset Series Name: Shortwave Infrared Imagery
Dataset Release Place: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Dataset Publisher: Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Online Resource: http://arctic.ssec.wisc.edu
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2009-08-27
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 5 km
Longitude Resolution: 5 km
Science Keywords
Quality A lack of coverage typically but not always in the center of the continent has been a characteristic in the composites. With the strict limits on qualified data to be input to a composite, and with no older data used or any other “synthetic” creation of data, regions without coverage do result. This “black hole” region has been reduced in recent years due to improvements in satellite coverage and observations, but still remains as a limitation of the composite.
Access Constraints The Arctic composites are available at no cost. However, we request that any use of the data acknowledged as from: Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison (or SSEC, UW-Madison if short on space). This project is funded by the Arctic Natural Science Program, Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation Grant ARC-0713843.
Use Constraints The Arctic composites are available at no cost. However, we request that any use of the data acknowledged as from: Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison (or SSEC, UW-Madison if short on space). This project is funded by the Arctic Natural Science Program, Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation Grant ARC-0713843.
Data Set Progress
IN WORK
Data Center
Antarctic Meteorological Research Center, Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison Supplemental Info
Data Center URL: http://amrc.ssec.wisc.edu/

Data Center Personnel
Name: MATTHEW A. LAZZARA
Phone: (608) 262-0436
Fax: (608) 263-6738
Email: amrc at ssec.wisc.edu
Email: mattl at ssec.wisc.edu
Contact Address:
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Antarctic Meteorological Research Center
Space Science and Engineering Center
901 Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Science Building
1225 West Dayton Street
City: Madison
Province or State: WI
Postal Code: 53706
Country: USA
Distribution
Distribution Media: Internet (Web, FTP, rsync, McIDAS ADDE, RAMADDA)
Distribution Size: (Variable, depending on format, resolution)
Distribution Format: McIDAS AREA format (archive), netCDF, GIF/JPEG, flat file
Fees: None
Personnel
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: (608) 262-0436
Fax: (608) 263-6738
Email: amrc at ssec.wisc.edu
Email: mattl at ssec.wisc.edu
Contact Address:
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Antarctic Meteorological Research Center
Space Science and Engineering Center
901 Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Science Building
1225 West Dayton Street
City: Madison
Province or State: WI
Postal Code: 53706
Country: USA
Publications/References
Lazzara, M.A. and S.L. Knuth, submitted: Arctic and Antarctic satellite composite imagery, Polar Science, in review, 2011.

Lazzara, M.A., A. Colletti, and B.L. Diedrich, 2011: The possibilities of polar meteorology, environmental remote sensing, communications and space weather applications from artificial Lagrange orbit, Advances in Space Research 48, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2011.04.026.
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2011-11-15
Last DIF Revision Date: 2011-11-16
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