RSS SMAP Level 3 Sea Surface Salinity Standard Mapped Image 8-Day Running Mean V5.0 Validated Dataset(SMAP_RSS_L3_SSS_SMI_8DAY-RUNNINGMEAN_V5)
|2015-Mar-27 to Present
|The version 5.0 SMAP-SSS level 3, 8-Day running mean gridded product is based on the fifth release of the validated standard mapped sea surface salinity (SSS) data from the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory, produced operationally by Remote Sensing Systems (RSS). The major changes in Version 5.0 from Version 4 are: (1) the addition of formal uncertainty estimates to all salinity retrieval products. (2) Sea-ice flagging and sea-ice side-lobe correction based on direct ingestion of AMSR-2 brightness temperature (TB) measurements. This is in contrast to Version 4 and earlier versions in which the sea-ice correction was based on an external sea-ice concentration product. The use of AMSR-2 TB measurements in the SMAP Version 5 products allows for salinity retrievals closer to the sea-ice edge and aids in the detection of large icebergs near the Antarctic. Daily data files for this product are based on SSS averages spanning an 8-day moving time window. SMAP data begins on April 1,2015 and is ongoing. L3 products are global in extent with a default spatial resolution of approximately 70KM. The datasets are gridded at 0.25degree x 0.25degree. Note that while a SSS 40KM variable is also included in the product, for most open ocean applications, the default SSS variable (70KM) is best used as they are significantly less noisy than the 40KM data. The SMAP satellite is in a near-polar orbit at an inclination of 98 degrees and an altitude of 685 km. It has an ascending node time of 6 pm and is sun-synchronous. With its 1000km swath, SMAP achieves global coverage in approximately 3 days, but has an exact orbit repeat cycle of 8 days. On board instruments include a highly sensitive L-band radiometer operating at 1.41GHz and an L-band 1.26GHz radar sensor providing complementary active and passive sensing capabilities. Malfunction of the SMAP scatterometer on 7 July, 2015, has necessitated the use of collocated wind speed, primarily from WindSat, for the surface roughness correction required for the surface salinity retrieval.
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Name: Soil Moisture Active and Passive Observatory (SMAP)
Orbit Period: 98.5 minutes
Inclination Angle: 98.0 degrees
SMAP L-BAND RADIOMETER
Name: SMAP L-Band Radiometer (SMAP L-BAND RADIOMETER)
Swath Width: 1000.0 kilometers
Description: Spacecraft angular distance from orbital plane relative to the Equator.
|Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP)
|Publisher: Remote Sensing Systems (RSS)
Creator: Remote Sensing Systems (RSS)
Release Place: Remote Sensing Systems, 444 Tenth Street, Suite 200, Santa Rosa, CA 95401, USA
Release Date: 2022-Feb-25
|RssSmapSSSv5, V5, L3, Level 3, 8 day running mean, SMAP, SMAP-SSS, Soil Moisture Active, Passive, salinity, polar, sun-synchronous, sss, sea surface, salinity, psu, NASA, project, mission, RSS, REMSS, Remote Sensing Systems
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Spatial Resolution: 0.25 Decimal Degrees x 0.25 Decimal Degrees
Temporal Resolution: Weekly - < Monthly
North Bounding Coordinate: 90 degrees
South Bounding Coordinate: -90 degrees
West Bounding Coordinate: -180 degrees
East Bounding Coordinate: 180 degrees
Time Span: 2015-Mar-27 to Present
Projection Type: Gridded
Ellipsoid: WGS 84
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|Remote Sensing Systems (RSS). 2022. SMAP Sea Surface Salinity Products. Ver. 5.0. PO.DAAC, CA, USA. Dataset accessed [YYYY-MM-DD] at https://doi.org/10.5067/SMP50-3SPCS
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|Meissner, T. and F. J. Wentz, 2018: Remote Sensing Sytems SMAP Ocean Surface Salinities, Version 4.0 validated release. Remote Sensing Systems, Santa Rosa, CA, USA.
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