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The SeaWinds QuikSCAT L2B Scatterometer Ocean Winds, Version 3.0

| DOI: 10.5065/QZZB-MN12

The SeaWinds instrument on QuikSCAT is an active microwave radar designed to measure electromagnetic backscatter from the wind roughened ocean surface. The L2B data are presented as orbit swaths of wind speed and direction at a 25 km resolution. The satellite is in a sun synchronous orbit with a 101 minute period and a repeat cycle of 4 days (57 orbits).

Notice of potential satellite failure from JPL.PODAAC 10 December 2000. The QuikSCAT antenna remains in a stalled position. Near-real-time data have not been available since 0700 UTC on 23 November 2009 (orbital revolution number 54315), and science-quality data have not been available since 00 UTC 22 November 2009 (orbital revolution 54296).

Temporal Range:
1999-07-19 to 2009-11-30
Surface Winds
Vertical Levels:
Ground or water surface
Temporal Frequencies:
Every 101 minutes
Data Types:
Data Contributors:
Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA
Related Resources:
Callahan,P. S., and Ted Lungu - Editors, 2006: QuikSCAT Science Data Product User's Manual, Version 3.0. D-18053 - Rev A, JPL/NASA, 85 pp.

Total Volume:
135.19 GB
Data Formats:
Related RDA Datasets:
SeaWinds QuikSCAT Scatterometer Ocean Winds from Remote Sensing Systems
QSCAT/NCEP Blended Ocean Winds from Colorado Research Associates (version 5.0)
QSCAT (Ku-2001) Ocean Winds Derived by Locally Weighted Regression Interpolation (Version 1e)
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