AMSR Science Team Meeting
|The Aqua AMSR-E is a cooperative effort between
NASA and the National Space Development Agency (JAXA) of Japan,
with the collaboration of scientific and industry organizations
in both countries.
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AMSR-E has been operating at 2 rpm for the last 3 years. At 0545 EDT on Friday, December 4, 2015, the instrument spun down to 0 rpm. It will remain at 0 rpm for the duration of the Aqua satellite mission.
In support of the Earth Science Enterprise's goals, NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) Aqua Satellite was launched from Vandenberg AFB, California on May 4, 2002 at 02:54:58 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time. The primary goal of Aqua, as the name implies, is to gather information about water in the Earth's system. Equipped with six state-of-the-art instruments, Aqua will collect data on global precipitation, evaporation, and the cycling of water. This information will help scientists all over the world to better understand the Earth's water cycle and determine if the water cycle is accelerating as a result of climate change.
The Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - EOS (AMSR-E) is a one of the six sensors aboard Aqua. AMSR-E is passive microwave radiometer, modified from the Advanced Earth Observing Satellite-II (ADEOS-II) AMSR, designed and provided by JAXA (contractor: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation). It observes atmospheric, land, oceanic, and cryospheric parameters, including precipitation, sea surface temperatures, ice concentrations, snow water equivalent, surface wetness, wind speed, atmospheric cloud water, and water vapor.
AMSR-E Data Access and Use
|NASA Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center
AMSR-E CONUS Rain Rate
|Institute of Oceanography
University of Hamburg
AMSR-E sea ice concentration
Arctic Regional Ocean Observing System, Bergen, Norwya