[ESIP-all] LANCE AMSR2 Near Real-Time Rain Ocean images in Worldview

Harrison, Sherry SHarrison at itsc.uah.edu
Thu Jul 9 15:04:12 EDT 2015

Dear Colleagues,

The NASA Land Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE)<https://earthdata.nasa.gov/data/near-real-time-data> AMSR2 Processing Center at the Global Hydrology Resource Center Distributed Active Archive Center (GHRC DAAC) in Huntsville, Alabama would like to announce the availability of full resolution imagery <http://1.usa.gov/1LLdoBz> from our AMSR2 near real-time data set, NRT AMSR2 L2B Global Swath GSFC Profiling Algorithm 2010: Surface Precipitation, Wind Speed over Ocean, Water Vapor over Ocean and Cloud Liquid Water over Ocean<https://ghrc.nsstc.nasa.gov/hydro/details.pl?ds=A2_RainOcn_NRT>.

These images include Columnar Cloud Liquid Water, Columnar Water Vapor and Wind Speed over oceans, as well as Surface Precipitation Rate and Surface Rain Rate over land and oceans.  They are available through the NASA Global Image Browse Service (GIBS) and visible in Worldview<http://1.usa.gov/1LLdoBz>.

The LANCE AMSR2 near real-time data and imagery, with noted limitations, are generated and available to registered users via HTTPS with an average latency of less than 3 hours.

While not a substitute for climate research quality products, near real-time products are in high demand in fields such as numerical weather prediction and forecasting, monitoring of natural hazards, disaster relief, agriculture and homeland security.  More information about LANCE AMSR2 near real-time data is available at http://lance.nsstc.nasa.gov/.

All LANCE AMSR2 data should be used with the understanding that these are preliminary products.  Please be aware that the LANCE AMSR2 NRT products are generated using modified versions of the AMSR-E standard product algorithms, which have not been updated to reflect the differences between AMSR-E and AMSR2 calibrations.  As updates are made to the JAXA AMSR2 Level-1R data set (the data used as input to our products), those changes will be reflected in the higher level products.

LANCE AMSR2 is also co-located with the AMSR Science Investigator-led Processing System (SIPS) at the GHRC DAAC. The AMSR SIPS is responsible for the generation of climate research quality products; these products will be available from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) beginning in 2016.

LANCE AMSR2 would like to thank you for using our data.

As always, we welcome any comments or suggestions.

Sincerely,  Sherry

Sherry Harrison
sharrison at itsc.uah.edu

Global Hydrology Resource Center DAAC
support-ghrc at earthdata.nasa.gov

NASA Near Real-Time Data: https://earthdata.nasa.gov/earth-observation-data/near-real-time

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