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LPRM/WindSat/Coriolis L3 Night Surface Soil Moisture, Ancillary Params, and QC

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Abstract: This Level 3 (gridded) data set’s land surface parameters, surface soil moisture, land surface (skin) temperature, and vegetation water content, are derived from polarimetric microwave radiometer data from WindSat, onboard the Naval Research Laboratory's Coriolis satellite, using the Land Parameter Retrieval Model (LPRM). There are two files per day, one ascending (daytime) and one descending ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 83.0   S: -64.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and NASA GSFC
Dataset Title: LPRM/WindSat/Coriolis L3 Night Surface Soil Moisture, Ancillary Params, and QC
Dataset Release Date: 09.15.2014
Dataset Release Place: Greenbelt, MD U.S.A.
Dataset Publisher: Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC)
Version: 1
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2003-02-01
Stop Date: 2012-07-31
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 25 km
Longitude Resolution: 25 km
Temporal Resolution: Daily
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WINDSAT Ancillary Description
Quality The LPRM/WindSat data are sensitive to both internal model limitations and external processes and are screened for radio frequency interference, the presence of snow/frozen soils, water, and dense vegetation covers. All screened out data pixels are flagged and indicated by a non-data value. A soil moisture uncertainty parameter at both C and X bands is included (Parinussa et al., 2011).
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints None
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: Online (FTP)
Distribution Size: (per file) 17 MB
Distribution Format: NETCDF
Fees: None
Phone: +31 20 598 7287
Email: at
Contact Address:
Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences
Department of Hydrology and Geo-environmental Sciences
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
City: 1081 HV Amsterdam
Country: The Netherlands
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Owe, M., R. de Jeu, and T. Holmes (2008), Multisensor historical climatology of satellite-derived global land surface moisture, Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, F01002, 17 pp., doi:10.1029/2007JF000769
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2014-08-15
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-01-20