Daily gridded QuikSCAT (ascending and descending passes) sea surface wind
The microwave scaterometer (QuikSCAT) flown on QuikBird satellite measures back scatter radiation in
Ku-band (~ 14 GHz). The return signal power is proportional to surface stress over the ocean and that can be related to surface
wind vector (u and v components) at 10 m height assuming neutral stratification.
The daily data consist of two passes a day, ascending and descending pass. In addition to wind vector data, times (minutes of UTC)
of measurements are provided. The data are remapped to 1/4 degree lat/lon map for ascending and descending passes.
Original data as processed by Remote Sensing System were obtained from www.ssmi.com site. If you use the data please cite: "QuikScat data are produced by Remote Sensing Systems and sponsored by the NASA Ocean Vector Winds Science Team. Data are available at www.remss.com."
time (UT minute), u-wind at 10 m (m/s), v-wind at 10 m (m/s)
|Zonal||Global by 0.25 deg|
|Meridional||Global by 0.25 deg|
|Temporal||Jul 1999 to Oct 2009 by 1 day(s)|
|Acquired||Nov 2, 2009|