Goddard Satellite-based Surface Turbulent Fluxes Version 3 (GSSTF3)

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Goddard Satellite-based Surface Turbulent Fluxes Version 3 (GSSTF3)
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Version 3: The Goddard Satellite-based Surface Turbulent Fluxes (GSSTF) data set is part of the NASA Making Earth Science Data Records for Use in Research Environments (MEaSUREs) Project. The objective of this project is to continually produce a uniform data set of sea surface turbulent fluxes derived from remote sensing data and analysis that have been and continue to be useful for global energy and water flux research and applications. This product is useful for diagnosing the global water and energy cycle interaction of higher frequency scenario. Fully tested, these products can serve as a crucial input for data assimilation of oceanic GCMs.
In contrast to previous versions, the GSSTF_3 is on a 0.25x0.25 degree grid, as well as involving an updated algorithm for surface air humidity retrieval. Similar to the preceding Version 2c GSSTF, a corrected/improved set of SSM/I Brightness temperatures (Tb) have been used. Basically, the artificial trends found in the original SSM/I V6 Brightness Temperatures (used for producing Version 2b GSSTF previously) due mainly to the variations/trends of Earth incidence angle (EIA) in the SSM/I satellites were genuinely removed.

Key Strengths

Key Strengths

High resolution

Artificial trends removed

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Suggested Data Citation
None
Dataset DOIs
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Hosted Climate Index Files
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Usage Restrictions
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Key Figures

Climate Data Guide Image: GSSTF3  sensible and latent heat flux

GSSTF3 monthly mean (July, 2008) estimates of sensible and latent heat flux (W/m2). (Climate Data Guide; D. Shea)

Climate Data Guide Image: GSSTF3 zonal and meridional wind stress

GSSTF3 daily mean (December 31, 2008) estimates of zonal and meridional wind stress (N/m2). (Climate Data Guide; D. Shea)

Climate Data Guide Image: GSSTF3 estimates of total wind stress

GSSTF3 daily mean (December 31, 2008) estimates of total wind stress (N/m2) with vectors super imposed. (Climate Data Guide; D. Shea)

Climate Data Guide Image: GSSTF3

GSSTF3 climatology for January (1998-2008). Variables are total precipitable water, surface air (~10 m) specific humidity, sea-air humidity difference and 10 meter wind speed. (Climate Data Guide; D. Shea)

Climate Data Guide Image: GSSTF3

GSSTF3 climatology for January (1998-2008). Variables are: sensible and latent heat flux, zonal and meridional wind stress. (Climate Data Guide; D. Shea)

Other Information

Type of data product
Dataset collections

Years of record
to
Data time period extended
Yes, data set is extended
Timestep
Climatology, Sub-daily, Daily, Monthly
Domain
Formats:
Input Data

satellite radiances

Vertical Levels:
None
Missing Data Flag
Missing data present
Ocean or Land
Ocean Only
Spatial Resolution

0.25x0.25

Model Resolution (reanalysis)
None
Data Assimilation Method
None
Model Vintage (reanalysis)
None

Key Publications
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