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NSCAT/NCEP Blended Ocean Winds (Version 1.0)

| DOI: 10.5065/32NX-QM68

Ocean surface wind vector components and wind stress curl data products are derived from spatial blending of high-resolution satellite data (NASA Scatterometer - NSCAT) and global weather center reanalyses (NCEP), resulting in high temporal and spatial resolution datasets (6-hourly, and 0.5 degree). This global dataset spans 12 months, August 1996 through July 1997.

The NSCAT scatterometer data is oriented along polar-orbit satellite swaths. The double-sided instrument yielded two swaths. Each of them about 600 kilometers wide with a 350 km nadir gap and at 50 km resolution. The NCEP data consists of global, 6-hourly reanalysis fields on T62 Gaussian grid with approximate resolution of 1.8 degrees.

Temporal Range:
1996 to 1997
Convergence Surface Winds Wind Stress
Vertical Levels:
10 m
Data Types:
Satellite ,  Grid
Data Contributors:
Northwest Research Associates, Inc.
Related Resources:
Milliff, R.F., W.G. Large, J. Morzel, G. Danabasoglu, and T.M. Chin, 1999: Ocean general circulation model sensitivity to forcing from scatterometer winds J. Geophys. Res., C5, 11337-11358.

Chin, T.M., R.F. Milliff, and W.G. Large, 1998: Basin-scale high-wavenumber sea surface wind fields from multiresolution analysis of scatterometer data J. Atmos. Ocean. Tech., 15, 741-763.

Total Volume:
13.36 GB
Data Formats:
Binary (see dataset documentation)
Related RDA Datasets:
NSCAT Scatterometer Ocean Winds, Level 2
QSCAT/NCEP Blended Ocean Winds from Colorado Research Associates (version 5.0)
Metadata Record:
Data License:
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