SeaWinds on QuikSCAT Level 3 Surface Northward Wind for Climate Model Comparison
DescriptionThis dataset contains ocean surface Northward wind from SeaWinds on QuikSCAT binned and averaged monthly on 1 degree grids. The coverage is from August 1999 through October 2009. The QuikSCAT Project produced this dataset in support of the CMIP5 (Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5) under the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) and was first made available via the Earth System Grid. This dataset was derived directly from the Version 2 QuikSCAT Level 2B 25-km dataset, which can be accessed here: The SeaWinds instrument is a conical scanning pencil-beam radar, with dual-beam and dual-polarization capability, operating at Ku-band to provide all-weather ocean surface wind vector retrievals. Along with this dataset, two additional ancillary data files are included in the same directory which contain the number of observations and standard error co-located on the same 1 degree grids. This wind vector dataset is designed to be used in conjunction with the complete wind vector dataset, which include separate dataset files for both the Eastward component and total wind speed of the wind vector. All corresponding dataset and ancillary data files are included in a common directory. For more information on the QuikSCAT platform and mission, please visit
Dataset TypeCOMPLETE
MeasurementSURFACE WINDS > OCEAN WINDS > OCEANS > Ocean Surface Northward Wind
Processing Level3
CoverageNorth Bounding Coordinate: 89.6 degrees
South Bounding Coordinate: -89.6 degrees
West Bounding Coordinate: -180 degrees
East Bounding Coordinate: 180 degrees
Time Span: 1999-Aug-01 to 2009-Oct-30
Granule Time Span: 1999-Aug-01 to 2009-Oct-30
ResolutionSpatial Resolution: 1 degrees (Latitude) x 1 degrees (Longitude)
Temporal Resolution: 1 Month
ProjectionEllipsoid: WGS 84
Orbit Period: 100.93 minutes
Inclination Angle: 98.6 degrees
Name: SeaWinds Scatterometer (SEAWINDS)
Swath Width: 1800.0 meters
Description: Spacecraft angular distance from orbital plane relative to the Equator.

ProjectQuick Scatterometer (QUIKSCAT)
Data ProviderPublisher: PODAAC
Creator: NASA
Release Place: PODAAC
Release Date: 2012-Apr-11
Keyword(s)nasa, seawinds, quikscat, pcmdi, cmip, cmip5, cmip-5, ipcc, esg, earth system grid, level 3, gridded, monthly, ocean surface wind vector, northward wind, meridional wind, meridional wind vector, surface northward wind, wind, ocean surface wind, surface wind, wind vector, wind vectors
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Citation NASA. 2012. SeaWinds on QuikSCAT Level 3 Surface Northward Wind for Climate Model Comparison. Ver. 1. PO.DAAC, CA, USA. Dataset accessed [YYYY-MM-DD] at

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