MetOp-B ASCAT Level 2 Ocean Surface Wind Vectors Optimized for Coastal Ocean
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Short NameASCATB-L2-Coastal
DescriptionThis dataset contains operational near-real-time Level 2 coastal ocean surface wind vector retrievals from the Advanced Scatterometer (ASCAT) on MetOp-B at 12.5 km sampling resolution (note: the effective resolution is 25 km). It is a product of the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) Ocean and Sea Ice Satellite Application Facility (OSI SAF) provided through the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI). This coastal dataset differs from the standard 12.5 and 25 km datasets in that it utilizes a spatial box filter (rather than the Hamming filter) to generate a spatial average of the Sigma-0 retrievals from the Level 1B dataset; all full resolution Sigma-0 retrievals within a 15 km radius of the wind vector cell centroid are used in the averaging. Since the full resolution L1B Sigma-0 retrievals are used, all non-sea retrievals are discarded prior to the Sigma-0 averaging. Each box average Sigma-0 is then used to compute the wind vector cell using the same CMOD5.n geophysical model function as in the standard OSI SAF ASCAT wind vector datasets. With this enhanced coastal retrieval, winds can be computed as close to ~15 km from the coast, as compared to the static ~35 km land mask in the standard 12.5 km dataset. Each file is provided in netCDF version 3 format, and contains one full orbit derived from 3-minute orbit granules. Latency is approximately 2 hours from the latest measurement. The beginning of the orbit is defined by the first wind vector cell measurement within the first 3-minute orbit granule that starts north of the Equator in the ascending node. ASCAT is a C-band dual swath fan beam radar scatterometer providing two independent swaths of backscatter retrievals in sun-synchronous polar orbit aboard the MetOp-B platform. For more information on the MetOp-B mission, please visit: . For more timely announcements, users are encouraged to register with the KNMI scatterometer email list: Users are also highly advised to check the dataset user guide periodically for updates and new information on known problems and issues. All intellectual property rights of the OSI SAF products belong to EUMETSAT. The use of these products is granted to every interested user, free of charge. If you wish to use these products, EUMETSAT's copyright credit must be shown by displaying the words "copyright (year) EUMETSAT" on each of the products used.
Dataset TypePREVIEW
MeasurementOCEANS > OCEAN WINDS > SURFACE WINDS > Ocean Surface Wind Vectors
Processing Level2
CoverageRegion: Global
Northernmost Latitude: 89.6 degrees
Southernmost Latitude: -89.6 degrees
Westernmost Longitude: 0 degrees
Easternmost Longitude: 360 degrees
Time Span: 2012-Oct-29 to Present
Granule Time Span: 2012-Oct-29 to 2020-Jun-06
ResolutionSpatial Resolution: 12.5 km (Along) x 12.5 km (Across)
ProjectionType: Swath
Detail: Twin-Swath, each 512.5 km wide, sub-track (nadir) gap of 737.5 km
Ellipsoid: GEM6
Latency2 hours
Swath Width1800000 m
Sample Frequency-
Temporal Repeat (Nominal)12 Hour
Temporal Repeat (Min)1.7 Hour
Temporal Repeat (Max)5 Day
Name: Meteorological Operational Satellite - B (METOP-B)
Orbit Period: 101.3 minutes
Inclination Angle: 98.7 degrees
Ascending Node: 2012-Oct-29 21:30:00
Name: Advanced Scatterometer (ASCAT)
Swath Width: 1800 km
Description: Dual fan beam C-band (5.25 GHz) vertically polarized scatterometer, providing measurements across two 550 km swaths, separated by a 700 km nadir blind region. This dual swath configuration allows ASCAT to provide more than twice the daily coverage of the ERS 1 and 2 predecessors with a coverage of nearly 70% of the ice-free oceans each day.

ProjectMeteorological Operational (MetOp)
Data ProviderCreator: EUMETSAT/OSI SAF
Release Place: KNMI, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
Release Date: 2013-Jun-07
Keyword(s)wind data, wind, ocean wind, wind speed, vector, vectors, ocean wind vector, ocean wind vectors, knmi, osi saf, eumetsat, metop, metop-b
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Citation EUMETSAT/OSI SAF. 2013. MetOp-B ASCAT Level 2 Ocean Surface Wind Vectors Optimized for Coastal Ocean. Ver. Operational/Near-Real-Time. PO.DAAC, CA, USA. Dataset accessed [YYYY-MM-DD].

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Journal Reference Verhoef, A., M. Portabella and A. Stoffelen, 2012: High-resolution ASCAT scatterometer winds near the coast, IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., 50, 7, 2481-2487, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2011.2175001