NOAA Fundamental Climate Data Record (CDR) of AMSU-B and MHS Brightness Temperature, Version 1

AMSU-B/MHS Brightness Temperature

browse graphicMHS Channel 2
The NOAA Climate Data Record (CDR) of Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-B (AMSU-B) and Microwave Humidity Sounder (MHS) brightness temperature (Tb) in "window channels" and "water vapor" channels. The data cover a time period from 1998 to 2010. The data is roughly at 16 km resolution over the entire globe with 90 observations per scan using channels - 89, 150, 157, 183 +/- 1, 183 +/- 3, 183 +/- 7, 190 GHz. The AMSU-B sensor was flown on NOAA-15, -16, and -17 satellites. The MHS sensor was flown on NOAA-18, -19 and MetOp-A satellites and replaced the AMSU-B sensor (which has very similar attributes) and was flown on NOAA-15, -16 and -17. Visual inspections and verification of the various corrections were applied to the data to improve data accuracy.
  • Cite as: Ferraro, Ralph R.; H. Meng; and NOAA CDR Program (2016). NOAA Climate Data Record (CDR) of Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit (AMSU)-B, Version 1.0. [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Climatic Data Center. doi:10.7289/V500004W [access date].
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Time Period 1998-08-01 to 2010-12-31 (time interval: 6-hour)
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 90.0
S: -90.0
E: 180.0
W: -180.0
Spatial Coverage Map
Dataset Information
  • AMSU-B/MHS CDR - NOAA Landing Page
    This data set provides advanced scientific researchers a high quality Climate Data Record (CDR) are useful for long term monitoring of the global water cycle.
General Documentation
Processing Documents
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2016-09
  • creation: 2016-09
Edition Version 1
Dataset Progress Status Ongoing - data is continually being updated
Data Update Frequency As needed
Purpose This data set provides advanced scientific researchers a high quality Climate Data Record (CDR) are useful for long term monitoring of the global water cycle.
Use Limitations
  • The NOAA-15 AMSU-B data from July 1998 - December 1999 are of questionable quality.
Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: Ferraro, Ralph R.; H. Meng; and NOAA CDR Program (2016). NOAA Climate Data Record (CDR) of Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit (AMSU)-B, Version 1.0. [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Climatic Data Center. doi:10.7289/V500004W [access date].
Cited Authors
  • Ferraro, Ralph
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/STAR > Center for Satellite Applications and Research, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Meng, Huan
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/STAR > Center for Satellite Applications and Research, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Yang, Wenze
    UMD/ESSIC > Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, University of Maryland
  • NOAA CDR Program
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Principal Investigators
  • Ferraro, Ralph
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/STAR > Center for Satellite Applications and Research, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Meng, Huan
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/STAR > Center for Satellite Applications and Research, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Collaborators
  • Yang, Wenze
    UMD/ESSIC > Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, University of Maryland
  • NOAA CDR Program
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Publishers
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Theme keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Precipitation > Liquid Precipitation > Rain
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Precipitation > Solid Precipitation > Snow
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Clouds
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Water Vapor
  • Earth Science > Cryosphere > Sea Ice
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Atmospheric Temperature
  • Earth Science > Spectral/Engineering > Infrared Wavelengths > Brightness Temperature
  • Earth Science > Spectral/Engineering > Microwave > Brightness Temperature
Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Essential Climate Variables (ECVs)
  • Atmospheric - Upper-air - Upper-air Water Vapour
  • Atmospheric - Upper-air - Upper-air Temperature
  • Atmospheric - Upper-air - Cloud Properties
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/STAR > Center for Satellite Applications and Research, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • UMD/ESSIC > Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, University of Maryland
Platform keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords
  • NOAA POES > NOAA Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellites
  • METOP
Instrument keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • AMSU-B > Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-B
  • MHS > Microwave Humidity Sounder
Place keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Geographic Region > Global
Project keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Project Keywords
  • NOAA CLIMATE DATA RECORD (CDR) PROGRAM
  • NOAA OneStop Project
Data Resolution keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Horizontal Data Resolution Keywords
  • 10 km - < 50 km or approximately .09 degree - < .5 degree
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Temporal Data Resolution Keywords
  • Hourly - < Daily
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Horizontal Data Resolution Keywords
  • 10 km - < 50 km or approximately .09 degree - < .5 degree
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Temporal Data Resolution Keywords
  • Hourly - < Daily
Stratum keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Vertical Location > Land Surface
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: Ferraro, Ralph R.; H. Meng; and NOAA CDR Program (2016). NOAA Climate Data Record (CDR) of Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit (AMSU)-B, Version 1.0. [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Climatic Data Center. doi:10.7289/V500004W [access date].
  • Use liability: NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.
Access Constraints
  • Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.
Fees
  • In most cases, electronic downloads of the data are free, however fees may apply for data certifications, copies of analog materials, and data distribution on physical media.
Lineage information for: dataset
Lineage Statement This Climate Data Record (CDR) were produced by NOAA Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR) and are archived at the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). Original source data is level 1b from NOAA and EUMETSAT from NESDIS OSPO and CLASS.
Processing Steps
  • For a complete description of the processing steps, see the Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document and Data Flow Diagram.
Processing Environment UNIX, C languague
Processing Documents
Source Datasets
  • AMSU- B and MHS Level 1B
    • Description of Source: AMSU- B and MHS Level 1B data, internal users
    • Temporal extent used: 1998-08-01 to 2010-12-31
Lineage information for: repository
Processing Steps
  • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
Last Modified: 2018-11-05
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