SSM/I, SSMIS: Special Sensor Microwave/Imager and Sounder

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The SSM/I and SSMIS satellites are operated by the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) and are part of NASA's Pathfinder Program. The instrumentation has been flown on a number of satellites: F-8 (1987), F-10 (November 1990), F-11 (December 1991), F-12 (August 1994), F-13 (March 1995), F-14 (April 1997) and F-15 (January 2000). Instrument failures have occurred. The SSM/I instrumentation was replaced by the SSMIS on satellites F-16 (November 2005), F-17 (March 2008) and F-18 (March 2010). Satellite failures have occurred and, until recently, there has been little impact on the suite of hydrological products.

The SSMIS data have been carefully intercalibrated on the brightness temperature level with the previous SSM/I and therefore extend this important time series of ocean winds, vapor, cloud and rain values.

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Hosted Climate Index Files
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Usage Restrictions
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Other Information

Earth system components and main variables
Dataset collections
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Years of record
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Data time period extended
Yes, data set is extended
Timestep
Daily, Monthly, Weekly
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Missing Data Flag
Missing data present
Ocean or Land
Ocean & Land
Spatial Resolution

0.25 x 0.25

Model Resolution (reanalysis)
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Data Assimilation Method
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Model Vintage (reanalysis)
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