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NSCAT Level 2 Ocean Wind Vector Geophysical Data Record

Metadata Updated: December 6, 2023

The NASA Scatterometer (NSCAT) Level 2 ocean wind vectors in 50 km wind vector cell (WVC) swaths contain daily data from ascending and descending passes. Wind vectors are accurate to within 2 m/s (vector speed) and 20 degrees (vector direction). Wind vectors are not considered valid in rain contaminated regions; rain flags and precipitation information are not provided. Data is flagged where measurements are either missing, ambiguous, or contaminated by land/sea ice. Winds are calculated using the NSCAT-2 model function. This is the most up-to-date version, which designates the final phase of calibration, validation and science data processing, which was completed in November of 1998, on behalf of the JPL NSCAT Project; wind vectors are processed using the NSCAT-2 geophysical model function.

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Public: This dataset is intended for public access and use. License: No license information was provided. If this work was prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person's official duties it is considered a U.S. Government Work.

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Metadata Created Date April 27, 2023
Metadata Updated Date December 6, 2023

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Created Date April 27, 2023
Metadata Updated Date December 6, 2023
Identifier C2617226657-POCLOUD
Data First Published 2009-06-15
Language en-US
Data Last Modified 2017-04-28
Category NSCAT, geospatial
Public Access Level public
Bureau Code 026:00
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Citation NASA/JPL/PO.DAAC. 1998-07-26. NSCAT Level 2 Ocean Wind Vectors. Version 2. NSCAT Level 2 Ocean Wind Vector Geophysical Data Record. PO.DAAC. Archived by National Aeronautics and Space Administration, U.S. Government, NASA/JPL/PO.DAAC. NASA/JPL/PO.DAAC, NASA/JPL/PO.DAAC, 1998-07-26, NSCAT Level 2 Ocean Wind Vector Geophysical Data Record,
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Series Name NSCAT Level 2 Ocean Wind Vectors
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Temporal 1996-09-15T00:00:00Z/1997-06-29T23:59:59.999Z

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