RapidScat Level 2A Surface Flagged Sigma-0 and Attenuations in 25Km Swath Grid Version 1.3
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|Description||This dataset contains the Version 1.3 ISS-RapidScat Level 2A 25km science data record, which provides surface-flagged sigma-0 in 25km Wind Vector Cells processed using the pulse "egg" Sigma-0 data provided by the Level 1B dataset. Version 1.3 is intended as a replacement and continuation of the Version 1.1 and 1.2 data forward from orbital revolution number 7873, corresponding to 11 February 2016; on 11 Feb 2016, RapidScat entered it's 3rd low signal to noise ratio (SNR) state and the initial calibration of low SNR 3 was preliminary during the Version 1.2 release. The fundamental difference between Version 1.3 and the previous Version 1.2 datasets is that the L1B sigma-0 has been re-calibrated during the periods of low SNR states 3 and 4 using re-pointed QuikSCAT data. Due to the circular scan of the SeaWinds instrument the expected number of Sigma-0 cells per WVC is not constant. To minimize the L2A data volume, the Sigma-0 cell data are stored as "lists" for each WVC row, with each list indexed by a "cell_index" array to indicate the cross-track WVC membership of the data. Each cell is then checked for land or ice and flagged accordingly. Attenuation corrections for each Sigma-0 measurement are also provided. Data are provided in single-orbit files in HDF-4 format. 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. The NASA mission is officially referred to as ISS-RapidScat. 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. If you have any questions or concerns, please visit our Forum at https://podaac.jpl.nasa.gov/forum/.|
|Measurement||SPECTRAL/ENGINEERING > RADAR > SIGMA NAUGHT > NONE|
Northernmost Latitude: 61 degrees
Southernmost Latitude: -61 degrees
Westernmost Longitude: 0 degrees
Easternmost Longitude: 360 degrees
Time Span: 2016-Feb-11 to 2016-Aug-19
Granule Time Span: 2016-Feb-11 to 2016-Aug-19
|Resolution||Spatial Resolution: 25 km (Along) x 25 km (Across)|
Ellipsoid: WGS 84
|Swath Width||900000 m|
|Temporal Repeat (Nominal)||12 Hour|
|Temporal Repeat (Min)||1.5 Hour|
|Temporal Repeat (Max)||3 Day|
Name: International Space Station (ISS)
Orbit Period: 92.91 minutes
Inclination Angle: 51.65 degrees
Ascending Node: 1970-Jan-01 00:00:00
Name: Rapid Scatterometer (RapidScat)
Swath Width: 1100 km
Description: The ISS RapidScat instrument is a speedy and cost-effective replacement for NASA's QuikScat Earth satellite, which monitored ocean winds to provide essential measurements used in weather predictions, including hurricane monitoring.
|Project||International Space Station Rapid Scatterometer (ISS_RapidScat)|
|Data Provider||Creator: RapidScat Project|
Release Place: PO.DAAC
Release Date: 2016-Oct-28
|Keyword(s)||international space station, space station, iss, rapidscat, rscat, iss-rapidscat, winds, radar, ocean, roughness, ocean roughness, backscatter, normalized radar cross-section, normalized radar cross section, nrcs, dB, sigma-0, sigma0, sigma naught, scatterometer, seawinds, l2a, l2, level 2, level 2a, 25 km, 25-km, 25, version 1, v1, version 1.3, v1.3, V1.3, 1.3|
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|Format (Compression)||HDF (GZIP)|
|ISS-RapidScat Fact Sheet||http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/fact_sheets/issrapidscat_factsheet.pdf|
Summary of Facts on the ISS-RapidScat Mission
|eoPortal Directory for ISS-RapidScat||https://directory.eoportal.org/web/eoportal/satellite-missions/i/iss-rapidscat|
Detailed background information on the ISS-RapidScat mission published by the eoPortal.
ASCII CSV orbital revolution time tables with quality assurance information.
|RapidScat Scheduled Outages||http://manati.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/rscat_images/monitor/RapidScat_Scheduled_Outages.txt|
Text file containing reverse chronological list of future scheduled outages and past outages. A start/stop date/time and description is provided for each outage. This list is maintained by NOAA/NESDIS to service near-real-time data users.
|Citation||RapidScat Project. 2016. RapidScat Level 2A Surface Flagged Sigma-0 and Attenuations in 25Km Swath Grid Version 1.3. Ver. 1.3. PO.DAAC, CA, USA. Dataset accessed [YYYY-MM-DD] at https://doi.org/10.5067/RSX25-L2A13.
For more information see Data Citations and Acknowledgments.
|Journal Reference||Fore, A.G., Stiles, B.W., Chau, A.H., Williams, B.A., Dunbar, R. S., Rodriguez E., 2013: Point-wise Wind Retrieval and Ambiguity Removal Improvements for the QuikSCAT Climatological Data Set. IEEE Trans. Geoscience and Remote Sensing, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2012.2235843. [Special Note: This paper describes the wind retrieval algorithm used to process the QuikSCAT version 3 wind product. The RapidScat data was processed using the same technique.]|