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

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Summary
Abstract: The Space Science and Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison generates an infrared (~11.0 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 are made every three hours (synoptic hour) creating a total of eight images per day. More recently, Arctic composites are created every hour for a total of 24 images per day. Most input satellite observations included in the composite were procured within 15 minutes of the top of the synoptic hour. No image is more than +/- 50 minutes from the top of the synoptic hour. Geostationary and Polar orbiting satellites used to generate the composite can include: POES/NOAA, GOES -East and ?West, METOSAT, MTSAT, FY-2, Kalpana-1, and Terra/Aqua.

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
Link: View Related Information
Description: Home page for the Arctic Satellite Composite Project


Geographic Coverage
 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: 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: 2000-03-23


Location Keywords
OCEAN > ARCTIC OCEAN
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > ARCTIC
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR


Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 5 km
Longitude Resolution: 5 km


Science Keywords
ATMOSPHERE >CLOUDS    [Definition]


Platform
GOES >NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites    [Information]
GOES-11 >Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 11    [Information]
INSAT >Indian National Satellite    [Information]
METEOSAT    [Information]
NOAA POES >NOAA Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellites    [Information]
Terra >Earth Observing System, TERRA (AM-1)    [Information]
AQUA >Earth Observing System, AQUA    [Information]
GOES-12 >Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 12    [Information]
MSG >Meteosat Second Generation    [Information]
GOES-13 >Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 13    [Information]
MTSAT-1R >Multi-functional Transport Satellite 1 Replacement    [Information]
GOES-14 >Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 14    [Information]
GOES-15 >Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 15    [Information]


Instrument
AVHRR >Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer    [Information]
GOES I-M IMAGER    [Information]
IMAGING RADIOMETERS    [Information]
MODIS >Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer    [Information]
VHRR >Very High Resolution Radiometer    [Information]
SEVIRI >Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager    [Information]
AVHRR-2 >Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer-2    [Information]
AVHRR-3 >Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer-3    [Information]
GOES N-P IMAGER    [Information]


Project
POLARCAT >POLar study using Aircraft, Remote sensing data of Climate, Aerosols & Transport    [Information]
ARCTAS >Arctic Research of the Composition of the Troposphere from Aircraft & Satellites    [Information]


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.


Keywords
Arctic Satellite Composite Mosaic Imagery Image


Data Set Progress
IN WORK


Originating Center
Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Data Center
Antarctic Meteorological Research Center, Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison    [Information]
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
MATTHEW A. LAZZARA
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: 2011-11-09
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-03-30

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