NSCAT Level 3 Daily Gridded Ocean Surface Wind Vector Browse Images (JPL)
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DescriptionThis dataset provides browse images of the NASA Scatterometer (NSCAT) Level 3 daily gridded ocean wind vectors, which are provided at 0.5 degree spatial resolution for ascending and descending passes; wind vectors are averaged at points where adjacent passes overlap. This is the most up-to-date version, which designates the final phase of calibration, validation and science data processing, which was completed in November of 1998, on behalf of the JPL NSCAT Project; wind vectors are processed using the NSCAT-2 geophysical model function. Information and access to the Level 3 source data used to generate these browse images may be accessed at: http://podaac.jpl.nasa.gov/dataset/NSCAT%20LEVEL%203.
Dataset TypeOPEN
MeasurementOCEANS > OCEAN WINDS > SURFACE WINDS > Ocean Surface Wind Vectors
Processing Level3
CoverageRegion: Global
Northernmost Latitude: 75 degrees
Southernmost Latitude: -75 degrees
Westernmost Longitude: 0 degrees
Easternmost Longitude: 360 degrees
Time Span: 1996-Sep-15 to 1997-Jun-29
Granule Time Span: 1996-Sep-15 to 1997-Jun-29
ResolutionSpatial Resolution: 0.5 degrees (Latitude) x 0.5 degrees (Longitude)
Temporal Resolution: 1 Day
ProjectionType: Gridded
Ellipsoid: WGS 84
Latency hours
Name: Advanced Earth Observing Satellite-I (ADEOS-I)
Orbit Period: 100.92 minutes
Inclination Angle: 98.59 degrees
Ascending Node: 1996-Sep-14 22:20:33
Name: NASA Scatterometer (NSCAT)
Swath Width: 1600 km
Description: Every two days, under all weather and cloud conditions, NSCAT measured wind speeds and directions over at least 90% of the Earth's ice-free oceans. NSCAT used six antenna beams to scan two wide bands of ocean, one on each side of the instrument's orbital path. NSCAT transmited short pulses of microwave energy to probe ocean surfaces and then measured the reflected or backscattered power. Variations in the magnitude of this backscattered power are caused by changes in small (centimeter-sized), wind-driven waves. Using a method called Doppler processing, the measured backscattered power was separated into cells at specific locations on Earth's surface.

ProjectNASA Scatterometer (NSCAT)
Data ProviderCreator: NASA/JPL/PO.DAAC
Release Place: PO.DAAC
Release Date: 1998-Jul-26
Resource: https://podaac-tools.jpl.nasa.gov/drive/files/allData/nscat/docs/nscat_manual.pdf
Keyword(s)wind data, wind, ocean wind, wind speed, vector, vectors, ocean wind vector, ocean wind vectors, nscat, adeos, scatterometer, gridded
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Citation NASA/JPL/PO.DAAC. 1998. NSCAT Level 3 Daily Gridded Ocean Surface Wind Vector Browse Images (JPL). Ver. 2. PO.DAAC, CA, USA. Dataset accessed [YYYY-MM-DD] at https://doi.org/10.5067/NSJPL-L3I02.

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Journal Reference NSCAT Science Data Product User Manual: Overview and Geophysical Data Products. April, 1997. JPL D-12985. Version 1.1.