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AMSR-E / AMSR2 Joint Science Team Meeting
Huntsville, AL
23-24 September 2014

AMSR-E Joint Science Team Meeting
Mandalay Beach, Oxnard, CA
4 & 5 September 2013


Updated ATBD's

July 2007 Sea Ice ATBD

July 2007 Ocean ATBD Supplement

July 2007 L2 Rainfall ATBD

July 2007 L3 Rainfall ATBD

AMSR-E Brochure

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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The AMSR-E antenna stopped spinning at 0726GMT Oct 4, 2011, most likely due to aging lubricant in the mechanism.  AMSR-E is currently not producing any data.  The Aqua spacecraft accommodated the spin-down, which occurred over a period of about 25 minutes,  and continues to operate normally, with all other instruments functioning in science mode.  NASA will work with JAXA to understand the condition of the AMSR-E instrument and possible future steps.

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

nsidcNational Snow and Ice Data Center
NASA AMSR-E Data Distributors

SPORTNASA Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center
UHInstitute of Oceanography
University of Hamburg
AMSR-E sea ice concentration

CERSAT : AMSR-E Sea-Ice Drift Vectors Uni Bremen

University of Bremen Daily Updated AMSR-E Sea Ice Maps

Arctic Regional Ocean Observing System, Bergen, Norwya
Arctic ice concentration maps from SSMI and AMSRE data based on the NORSEX algorithm

NASA GSFC: Improving NOAA/NWS River Forecast Center Decision Support with NASA Satellite and Land Information System Products

GHRSST: Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature



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