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MSU Brightness Temperature - NOAA

Sample image of NOAA CDR MSU Brightness Temperature product; it depicts a single swath of temperature in Kelvin across the globe.

This dataset provides advanced scientific researchers a high quality Climate Data Record (CDR) of Upper Atmospheric Layer Temperatures.

The Microwave Sounding Unit (MSU) Brightness Temperature (BT) CDR utilizes the mean temperature from a thick layer of the atmosphere retrieved by the microwave sounder in satellite swath format (level‑1c), as well applying weighting through channel-weighting functions as define in the MSU BT CDR supporting documentation. The raw counts data of the earth and blackbody views, saved in the operational level-b files, are available from the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System (CLASS) and act as input to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) MSU BT. Inter-satellite calibration for the raw counts data utilizes NOAA / Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR), Integrated Microwave Inter-calibration Approach (IMICA). STAR IMICA accounts for calibration, non-linearity, and artificial instrumental drifts; and generates the final consistent brightness temperature fundamental climate data record.

Principal Investigator: Cheng-zhi Zou, NOAA STAR

Cite dataset when used as a source. See the dataset's DOI landing page for citation details at doi:10.7289/V51Z429F.