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AMSR-E Enhanced Resolution Image Products

The AMSR-E sensor has 12 passive channels consisting of six dual polarization frequency channels: 6 GHz, 10 GHz, 18 GHz, 36 GHz, and 89 GHz. The spatial resolution of the data varies with frequency, with 6 GHz being the coarsest and 89 GHz having the finest resolution. The high frequency channels are designed for atmospheric observation, but can have utility for land and ice surface observation if the atmospheric "interference" can be tolerated.

Enhanced resolution brightness temperature (Tb) images are generated for each frequency and polarization using multiple orbits via the radiometer version of the Scatterometer Image Reconstruction (SIR) algorithm (Long and Daum, 1998). Since there can be a wide time-of-day effect on Tb, twice daily images are created based on the local time-of-day of the passes. Generally, the local time-of-day of the data has a narrow window (one or two hours, though the polar regions can have a larger span). Note that changes in Tb between multiple passes can result in imaging artifacts, which typically show up as high "noise" regions.

AMSRE image grids and projections are compatible with, and identical to, other SCP image grids. Two image resolutions are used: one for the lower frequency channels, with a finer resolution used for 89 GHz frequency channels. Images are generated from the un-resampled recalibrated Tb masurements in the AMSRSE AE_L2A.002 data obtained from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). Further information is available in the AMSRE Enhanced Resolution Image Users Notes.

Available Image Classes
  H Pol V Pol
mid-day passes Anh Anv
mid-night passes Amh Amv
Images are produced in the BYU .SIR file format using the standard naming scheme. The files are gzipped to minimize storage and transfer requirements. The standard images are designed for land and ice observation. Data over the ocean is generally not useful. However the distributed images are not land masked. .SIR format land mask files (containing 0 for ocean and 1 for land) are available for each standard region. .SIR format images containing "images" of the latitude and longitude of each pixel for each region are also available. The image pixel nominal resolution for all channels is 8.9 km/pixel, except for the 89 GHz channels which have pixel resolution of 2.225 km/pixel.

D.G. Long and D.L. Daum, "Spatial Resolution Enhancement of SSM/I Data," IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 36, No. 2, pp. 407-417, Mar. 1998.
D.S. Early and D.G. Long, "Image Reconstruction and Enhanced Resolution Imaging from Irregular Samples," IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 39, No. 2, pp. 291-302, 2001.


Note: the full AMSR-E mission dataset has been processed and posted. AMSR-E operated from mid-2002 through mid-2011.