The Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR-E) was launched on May 4, 2002, aboard NASA’s Aqua spacecraft. The National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) provided AMSR-E to NASA as an indispensable part of Aqua’s global hydrology mission. Over the oceans, AMSR-E is measuring a number of important geophysical parameters, including sea surface temperature (SST), wind speed, atmospheric water vapor, cloud water, and rain rate. A key feature of AMSR-E is its capability to see through clouds, thereby providing an uninterrupted view of global SST and surface wind fields.
SST (°C) , 10-meter surface wind speeds (m/sec), atmospheric water vapor (mm), liquid cloud water(mm), and precipitation rates(mm/hour)
|Zonal||Global by 0.25 deg|
|Meridional||Global by 0.25 deg|
|Temporal||Jun 2002 to Oct 31, 2007 by 1 day(s)|
|Volume||20.73 Mbytes per day|
|Acquired||Mar 1, 2005 (last updated: Nov 2009)|