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Satellite Data Access by Datasets

Satellite data listed by parameter being observed. Access to long-term, high-quality products is supported by NOAA's Climate Data Record (CDR) Program.

Atmospheric Data

Dataset Description Spatial Information Temporal Information Access
ISCCP Cloud Data The International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP) provides global cloud information at many resolutions (32 to 280km) and time scales (3 hourly to monthly) derived from geostationary and polar orbiting satellite instruments. Global; varying resolution 1983–2009 THREDDS
SSMI-SSMIS Hydrological Products Monthly and pentad averaged SSMI and SSMIS products include precipitation, cloud liquid water, total precipitable water, snow cover, and sea ice extent. These products are useful for evaluating the mean climate state, its interannual and seasonal variations, and the detection of anomalies associated with large-scale (e.g., ENSO, Arctic Oscillation) and regional climatic variations. A time series of the entire SSM/I and SSMIS archive includes data from July 1987 to the present. Global; 1 and 2.5 deg Monthly and pentad; 1987–present FTP

Oceanic Data

The following table is not an exhaustive list of satellite-based oceanic data. Other ocean products are available from the National Oceanographic Data Center and NOAA's Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System (CLASS).

Dataset Description Spatial Information Temporal Information Access
Daily OISST Two new high-resolution sea surface temperature (SST) analysis products have been developed using optimum interpolation (OI). The analyses have a spatial grid resolution of 0.25° and temporal resolution of 1 day. One product uses Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) infrared satellite SST data. The other uses AVHRR and Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR) on the NASA Earth Observing System satellite SST data. Global; 0.25 deg Daily; 1981–present FTP
Blended Sea Winds The Blended Sea Winds contain globally gridded, high-resolution ocean surface vector winds and wind stresses. The wind directions came from two sources depending on the products: for the research products, the source is the NCEP Reanalysis 2 (NRA-2) and for near-real-time products, the source is the ECMWF NWP. The wind directions were interpolated onto the blended speed grids. Global oceans; 0.25 deg 6-hourly; 1995–2005


Validation Datasets - SURFA The WCRP Surface Flux Analysis (SURFA) initiative is to facilitate the evaluation of forecast skills from NWP and climate models as well as products from reanalysis and remotely sensed surface flux variables against high-quality in situ reference data. The datasets here include output from NWP model forecasts and reanalysis as well as in situ station observations from January 2008 onward. Global; 0.25 deg 2008–present FTP:SITU

In situ marine data from NCDC are also available.

Other Data

Dataset Description Spatial Information Temporal Information Access
HURSAT Gridded brightness temperatures centered on tropical cyclones from around the globe. Data from geostationary (HURSAT-B1), polar orbiting data (HURSAT-AVHRR), and SSMI (HURSAT-MW) are available. Latest release is version v05. Global; varying resolutions 3 hourly; 1979–2009 FTP:AVHRR
IBTrACS Providing tropical cyclone best track data in a centralized location to aid our understanding of the distribution, frequency, and intensity of tropical cyclones worldwide. Global 6 hourly; 1851–2010 FTP