SeaWinds on QuikSCAT Level 2B Ocean Wind Vectors in 25 Km Swath Grid Version 2
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DOI10.5067/QSX25-L2B02
Short NameQSCAT_LEVEL_2B_V2
DescriptionThis dataset has been superseded by Version 3: http://podaac.jpl.nasa.gov/dataset/QSCAT_LEVEL_2B_OWV_COMP_12 . This QuikSCAT Level 2B dataset contains the Version 2 science-quality ocean surface wind vector retrievals from the NASA SeaWinds scatterometer. The Version 2 L2B data continues to be openly distributed to allow sufficient time for community acceptance of the Version 3 dataset. The retrievals are provided on a non-uniform grid within the swath at 25 km pixel resolution. Each L2B file corresponds to a specific orbital revolution (rev) number, which begins at the southernmost point of the ascending orbit. An ASCII inline quality report (Q2B) has been generated for each L2B file; each Q2B file provides statistics of various quality elements pertaining to the processing of a specific L2B file. These wind vector retrievals have been processed using the QSCAT-1 geophysical model function. This is the official dataset produced by the QuikSCAT Project through the SeaWinds Processing and Analysis Center (SeaPAC). 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. This represents the 2nd version of the L2B processing. For more information on the QuikSCAT platform and mission, please visit http://podaac.jpl.nasa.gov/OceanWind/QuikSCAT .
Version2
Dataset TypeCOMPLETE
MeasurementOCEANS > OCEAN WINDS > SURFACE WINDS
Processing Level2
CoverageRegion: GLOBAL
North Bounding Coordinate: 90 degrees
South Bounding Coordinate: -90 degrees
West Bounding Coordinate: -180 degrees
East Bounding Coordinate: 180 degrees
Time Span: 1999-Jul-19 to 2009-Nov-22
Granule Time Span: 2013-Jan-29 to 2015-Jan-28
ResolutionSpatial Resolution: 25 km (Along) x 25 km (Across)
ProjectionProjection Type: Swath
Projection Detail: Along-track Grid
Ellipsoid: WGS 84
Swath Width1800 km
Platform/Sensor
QUIKSCAT
Platform
Name: QUIKSCAT (QUIKSCAT)
Orbit Period: 100.93 minutes
Inclination Angle: 98.6 degrees
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SEAWINDS
SENSOR
Name: SeaWinds Scatterometer (SEAWINDS)
Swath Width: 1800.0 kilometers
Description: Spacecraft angular distance from orbital plane relative to the Equator.

ProjectQuick Scatterometer (QUIKSCAT)
Data ProviderPublisher: SeaPAC
Creator: SeaPAC
Release Place: PO.DAAC
Release Date: 2006-Nov-13
Resource: https://podaac-tools.jpl.nasa.gov/drive/files/allData/quikscat/L2B/docs/QSUG_v3.pdf

Keyword(s)wind data, wind, ocean wind, wind speed, vector, vectors, ocean wind vector, ocean wind vectors, seawinds, quikscat, scatterometer, l2b
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PO.DAAC DRIVEhttps://podaac-tools.jpl.nasa.gov/drive/files/allData/quikscat/L2B/v2
PO.DAAC Drive
OPENDAP DATAhttps://podaac-opendap.jpl.nasa.gov/opendap/allData/quikscat/L2B/v2/
The OPeNDAP base directory location for the collection.
Format (Compression)HDF
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DATA CITATION POLICY
Citation SeaPAC. 2006. SeaWinds on QuikSCAT Level 2B Ocean Wind Vectors in 25 Km Swath Grid Version 2. Ver. 2. PO.DAAC, CA, USA. Dataset accessed [YYYY-MM-DD] at https://doi.org/10.5067/QSX25-L2B02

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Journal Reference Dunbar, R.S., T. Lungu, B. Weiss, B. Stiles, J. Huddleston, P.S. Callahan, G. Shirtliffe, K.L. Perry, C. Hsu, C. Mears, F. Wentz, D. Smith, September, 2006. QuikSCAT Science Data Product User Manual, Version 3.0, JPL Document D-18053 - Rev A, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA.