RapidScat L2 50 km winds data record

RapidScat L2 50 km winds data record, release 1

Released Climate product

The RapidScat scatterometer onboard the International Space Station (ISS) provided observations from 3 October 2014 - 19 August 2016. Reprocessed RapidScat L2 25 km and 50 km winds Data Records have been created, using the Pencil Beam Wind Processor (PenWP) with RapidScat level 1b data from the NASA JPL PO.DAAC and ERA5 re-analysis outputs from ECMWF.

OSI SAF producer : Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
Identifier : OSI-159-b
Digital object identifier (DOI) 10.15770/EUM_SAF_OSI_0021
Acronym for EDC (APNM) : OR1RSW050
Citation : See at bottom
Processing level : L2
Satellite input : RapidScat Scatterometer on ISS
Other input : ECMWF ERA5 re-analysis outputs (wind, SST, land-sea mask)
Temporal sampling : Once
Timeliness : ? The timeliness is the time elapsing from the sensing time of the last contributing file to the product dissemination to users. It is similar to the latency. NA
Spatial coverage : Global
Spatial sampling : 50 km
Projection : Swath
File Formats : EDC (BUFR), EDC (NetCDF3)
Characteristics & methods : Swath sigma0’s and wind vectors.
Data Access
Accuracy Requirements
Target accuracy : Better than 2 m/s in wind component std. dev. with an absolute mean difference of less than 0.5 m/s in wind speed on a monthly basis. Wind speed stability better than 0.1 m/s over the mission lifetime.
Verification/validation method : Triple collocation with ECMWF ERA5 re-analysis and buoys
Applications and users
Usage : * Reanalyses
* Ocean models, air-sea interaction
* Climate research, environmental monitoring
Authorised to be operational / released :
On EDC since :
First date :
Last date :
Full series temporal coverage : 2014-2016
Citation : t
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