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SSMI(S) Brightness Temperature - RSS

Sample product image of NOAA CDR SSMI(S) Brightness Temperature - RSS; it depicts a single satellite swath of brightness temperature across the globe

This dataset provides advanced scientific researchers a high quality Climate Data Record (CDR) of Special Sensor Microwave/Imager (SSM/I) and Special Sensor Microwave Imager/Sounder (SSMIS) Brightness Temperatures.

The Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) SSMI and SSMIS brightness temperatures deliver measurements of the radiance at the top of the atmosphere at a number of microwave frequencies. A number of factors determine the radiance in the atmosphere and land or ocean surface, making it difficult to directly evaluate the brightness temperature data. Instead, the brightness temperatures represent a fundamental climate data record (FCDR) that can be used by retrieval algorithms to determine a number of geophysical parameters such a surface wind speed, total column water vapor, rain rate, and sea ice extent.

Principal Investigator: Frank Wentz, RSS, Inc.

Cite dataset when used as a source. See the dataset's DOI landing page for citation details at doi:10.7289/V5SJ1HKZ.