Aquarius Official Release Level 3 Sea Surface Salinity Standard Mapped Image Ascending Annual Data V5.0
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DOI10.5067/AQR50-3SAAS
Short NameAQUARIUS_L3_SSS_SMIA_ANNUAL_V5
DescriptionAquarius Level 3 sea surface salinity (SSS) standard mapped image data contains gridded 1 degree spatial resolution SSS averaged over daily, 7 day, monthly, and seasonal time scales. This particular data set is the Annual, Ascending sea surface salinity product for version 5.0 of the Aquarius data set, which is the official end of mission public data release from the AQUARIUS/SAC-D mission. Only retrieved values for Ascending passes have been used to create this product. The Aquarius instrument is onboard the AQUARIUS/SAC-D satellite, a collaborative effort between NASA and the Argentinian Space Agency Comision Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE). The instrument consists of three radiometers in push broom alignment at incidence angles of 29, 38, and 46 degrees incidence angles relative to the shadow side of the orbit. Footprints for the beams are: 76 km (along-track) x 94 km (cross-track), 84 km x 120 km and 96km x 156 km, yielding a total cross-track swath of 370 km. The radiometers measure brightness temperature at 1.413 GHz in their respective horizontal and vertical polarizations (TH and TV). A scatterometer operating at 1.26 GHz measures ocean backscatter in each footprint that is used for surface roughness corrections in the estimation of salinity. The scatterometer has an approximate 390km swath.
Version5.0
Dataset TypeCOMPLETE
MeasurementOCEANS > SALINITY/DENSITY > SALINITY
Processing Level3
CoverageRegion: GLOBAL
North Bounding Coordinate: 90 degrees
South Bounding Coordinate: -90 degrees
West Bounding Coordinate: -180 degrees
East Bounding Coordinate: 180 degrees
Time Span: 2011-Aug-25 to 2015-Jun-07
Granule Time Span: 2011-Aug-25 to 2015-Jun-07
ResolutionSpatial Resolution: 1 degrees (Latitude) x 1 degrees (Longitude)
Temporal Resolution: 1 Year
ProjectionProjection Type: Gridded
Ellipsoid: WGS 84
Platform/Sensor
Aquarius_SAC-D
Platform
Name: Aquarius SAC-D (Aquarius_SAC-D)
Orbit Period: 98.0 minutes
Inclination Angle: 98.0 degrees
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AQUARIUS_RADIOMETER
SENSOR
Name: Aquarius Radiometer (AQUARIUS_RADIOMETER)
Swath Width: 390.0 kilometers
Description: Spacecraft angular distance from orbital plane relative to the Equator.

Aquarius_SAC-D
Platform
Name: Aquarius SAC-D (Aquarius_SAC-D)
Orbit Period: 98.0 minutes
Inclination Angle: 98.0 degrees
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AQUARIUS_SCATTEROMETER
SENSOR
Name: Aquarius Scatterometer (AQUARIUS_SCATTEROMETER)
Swath Width: 390.0 kilometers
Description: Spacecraft angular distance from orbital plane relative to the Equator.

ProjectAQUARIUS SAC-D (AQUARIUS SAC-D)
Data ProviderPublisher: NASA/GSFC OBPG
Creator: NASA Aquarius project
Release Place: Goddard Space Flight Center, 8800 Greenbelt Rd.; Greeenbelt, MD., 20771, USA
Release Date: 2017-Dec-07
Resource: http://podaac.jpl.nasa.gov/SeaSurfaceSalinity/Aquarius

Keyword(s)Aquarius, salinity, polar, sun-synchronous, sss, psu, CONAE, argentina, project, mission, OBPG
Questions related to this dataset? Contact podaac@podaac.jpl.nasa.gov
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Citation NASA Aquarius project. 2017. Aquarius Sea Surface Salinity Products. Ver. 5.0. PO.DAAC, CA, USA. Dataset accessed [YYYY-MM-DD] at https://doi.org/10.5067/AQR50-3SAAS

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Journal Reference Lee, T., G. Lagerloef, M.M. Gierach, H.-Y. Kao, S. Yueh, and K. Dohan (2012), Aquarius reveals salinity structure of tropical instability waves, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L12610, doi:10.1029/2012GL052232.

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VersionDatasetVersion DateStatus
4.0Aquarius Official Release Level 3 Sea Surface Salinity Standard Mapped Image Ascending Annual Data V4.02015-06-15RETIRED1434340888399
5.0Aquarius Official Release Level 3 Sea Surface Salinity Standard Mapped Image Ascending Annual Data V5.02015-06-15ACTIVE1434340888399
3.0Aquarius Official Release Level 3 Sea Surface Salinity Standard Mapped Image Ascending Annual Data V3.02013-09-30RETIRED1380585516590
2.0Aquarius Official Release Level 3 Sea Surface Salinity Standard Mapped Image Ascending Annual Data V2.02013-02-15RETIRED1360895226754