Remote Sensing Systems Radiometer Rain Collocations with JPL RapidScat L2B Swath Grid
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DOI10.5067/RSR12-L2C10
Short NameRSCAT_COLOCATED_RSS_RADIOMETER_LEVEL_2B_V1
DescriptionThis dataset contains the multi-sourced microwave radiometer wind speed, rain and cloud liquid water data collocated to RapidScat Level 2B wind vector cell (WVC) locations. The corresponding NASA mission is officially referred to as ISS-RapidScat. This dataset is produced by Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) with direct funding from the JPL RapidScat project. All of the collocated radiometer data is produced by RSS. The co-located radiometer sources include: 1) DMSP SSM/I (F15) and SSMIS (F16/F17), 2) Coriolis WindSat, 3) GCOM-W1 AMSR2 and 4) GPM Core GMI; more details on these radiometer sources and sensors can be extracted by scrolling down to the "Platform/Sensor" section below this description. RapidScat is a Ku-band dual beam circular rotating scatterometer retaining much of the same hardware and functionality of QuikSCAT, with exception of the antenna sub-system and digital interface to the International Space Station (ISS) Columbus module, which is where RapidScat is mounted. Unlike QuikSCAT, ISS-RapidScat is not in sun-synchronous orbit, and flies at roughly half the altitude with a low inclination angle that restricts data coverage to the tropics and mid-latitude regions; the extent of latitudinal coverage stretches from approximately 61 degrees North to 61 degrees South. Furthermore, there is no consistent local time of day retrieval. This dataset is provided in a netCDF-4 file format that follows the netCDF "classic" model and made available via FTP and OPeNDAP. For data access, please click on the "Data Access" tab above.
Version1.0
Dataset TypeCOMPLETE
MeasurementATMOSPHERE > CLOUDS > CLOUD LIQUID WATER/ICE
ATMOSPHERE > PRECIPITATION > PRECIPITATION RATE
OCEANS > OCEAN WINDS > SURFACE WINDS
Processing Level2
CoverageRegion: GLOBAL
North Bounding Coordinate: 61 degrees
South Bounding Coordinate: -61 degrees
West Bounding Coordinate: -180 degrees
East Bounding Coordinate: 180 degrees
Time Span: 2014-Oct-03 to 2016-Feb-11
Granule Time Span: 2014-Oct-03 to 2016-Feb-11
ResolutionSpatial Resolution: 12.5 km (Along) x 12.5 km (Across)
ProjectionProjection Type: Swath
Projection Detail: Along-track Grid
Ellipsoid: WGS 84
Swath Width900 km
Platform/Sensor
DMSP 5D-3/F15
Platform
Name: Defense Meteorological Satellite Program-F15 (DMSP 5D-3/F15)
Orbit Period: 102.0 minutes
Inclination Angle: 98.8 degrees
/
SSM/I
SENSOR
Name: Special Sensor Microwave Imager (SSM/I)
Swath Width: 1394.0 kilometers
Description: Spacecraft angular distance from orbital plane relative to the Equator.

CORIOLIS
Platform
Name: Coriolis (CORIOLIS)
Orbit Period: 101.6 minutes
Inclination Angle: 98.7 degrees
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WINDSAT
SENSOR
Name: WindSat (WINDSAT)
Swath Width: 1200.0 kilometers
Description: Spacecraft angular distance from orbital plane relative to the Equator.

DMSP 5D-3/F17
Platform
Name: Defense Meteorological Satellite Program-F17 (DMSP 5D-3/F17)
Orbit Period: 102.0 minutes
Inclination Angle: 98.8 degrees
/
SSMIS
SENSOR
Name: Special Sensor Microwave Imager/Sounder (SSMIS)
Swath Width: 1394.0 kilometers
Description: Spacecraft angular distance from orbital plane relative to the Equator.

GPM
Platform
Name: Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory (GPM)
Orbit Period: 95.0 minutes
Inclination Angle: 65.0 degrees
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GMI
SENSOR
Name: GPM Microwave Imager (GMI)
Swath Width: 904.0 kilometers
Description: Spacecraft angular distance from orbital plane relative to the Equator.

GCOM-W1
Platform
Name: Global Change Observation Mission 1st - Water (SHIZUKU) (GCOM-W1)
Orbit Period: 100.0 minutes
Inclination Angle: 98.19 degrees
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AMSR2
SENSOR
Name: Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2)
Swath Width: 1450.0 kilometers
Description: Spacecraft angular distance from orbital plane relative to the Equator.

DMSP 5D-3/F16
Platform
Name: Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F16 (DMSP 5D-3/F16)
Orbit Period: 102.0 minutes
Inclination Angle: 98.8 degrees
/
SSMIS
SENSOR
Name: Special Sensor Microwave Imager/Sounder (SSMIS)
Swath Width: 1394.0 kilometers
Description: Spacecraft angular distance from orbital plane relative to the Equator.

ISS
Platform
Name: International Space Station (ISS)
Orbit Period: 92.91 minutes
Inclination Angle: 51.65 degrees
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RapidScat
SENSOR
Name: Rapid Scatterometer (RapidScat)
Swath Width: 1100.0 kilometers
Description: Spacecraft angular distance from orbital plane relative to the Equator.

ProjectInternational Space Station Rapid Scatterometer (ISS_RapidScat)
Data ProviderPublisher: PO.DAAC
Creator: Remote Sensing Systems
Release Place: PO.DAAC
Release Date: 2016-Nov-14
Resource: http://images.remss.com/papers/rsstech/2016_081816_RSS_Radiometers_RapidScat_colocations.pdf

Keyword(s)international space station, space station, iss, rapidscat, rscat, iss-rapidscat, winds, wind, ocean, ocean wind, ocean winds, ocean surface wind vectors, surface wind vectors, wind speed, wind direction, scatterometer, quikscat, seawinds, l2b, l2, level 2, level 2b, version 1, v1, version 1.2, v1.2, V1.2, 1.2, radiometer, microwave, microwave radiometer
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GENERAL DOCUMENTATION
  • http://www.remss.com/missions/windsat
    Wentz, F.J., L.Ricciardulli, C.Gentemann, T. Meissner, K.A. Hilburn, J. Scott, 2013: Remote Sensing Systems Coriolis WindSat [indicate whether you used Daily, 3-Day, Weekly, or Monthly] Environmental Suite on 0.25 deg grid, Version 7.0.1. Remote Sensing Systems, Santa Rosa, CA.
  • http://www.remss.com/missions/gmi
    Wentz, F.J., T. Meissner, J. Scott, K.A. Hilburn, 2015: Remote Sensing Systems GPM GMI [indicate whether you used Daily, 3-Day, Weekly, or Monthly] Environmental Suite on 0.25 deg grid, Version 8.1. Remote Sensing Systems, Santa Rosa, CA.
  • http://www.remss.com/missions/ssmi
    Wentz, F.J., K.A. Hilburn, D.K. Smith, 2012: Remote Sensing Systems DMSP [SSM/I or SSMIS] [Daily, 3-Day, Weekly, Monthly] Environmental Suite on 0.25 deg grid, Version 7. Remote Sensing Systems, Santa Rosa, CA.
  • http://www.remss.com/missions/amsre
    Wentz, F.J., T. Meissner, C. Gentemann, K.A. Hilburn, J. Scott, 2014: Remote Sensing Systems GCOM-W1 AMSR2 [indicate whether you used Daily, 3-Day, Weekly, or Monthly] Environmental Suite on 0.25 deg grid, Version 7.2. Remote Sensing Systems, Santa Rosa, CA.
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Citation Remote Sensing Systems. 2016. Remote Sensing Systems Radiometer Rain Collocations with JPL RapidScat L2B Swath Grid. Ver. 1.0. PO.DAAC, CA, USA. Dataset accessed [YYYY-MM-DD] at https://doi.org/10.5067/RSR12-L2C10

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Journal Reference Ricciardulli, L., 2016: Radiometer rain colocations with JPL RapidScat winds on L2B swath grid. Technical Report 081816, Remote Sensing Systems, Santa Rosa, CA, p. 6.

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