Data Publications

RSS SMAP Sea Surface Salinity Analysis

  • RSS SMAP Sea Surface Salinity Analysis
  • NCAR_DS285.5
  • Thomas Meissne, Frank J. Wentz and David M. Le Vine, 2018: The Salinity Retrieval Algorithms for the NASA Aquarius Version 5 and SMAP Version 3 Releases. Remote Sensing, 10(7), 1-25 (DOI: 10.3390/rs10071121), URL:
  • The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite Sea Surface Salinity (SSS) V3.0 validated data are available from Remote Sensing Systems. The near-polar orbit of SMAP allows for complete global coverage of the oceans in 3 days with a repeat cycle of 8 days. Only Level-3 products of the SMAP SSS V3.0 validated release are archived in this dataset: * 8-day running averages * monthly averages * monthly (RF) rain-filtered averages All products are provided at two spatial resolutions: 40km and 70km. For most open ocean applications, the 70km products are the best to use as they have significantly lower noise. All files are in NetCDF 4 format and are CF/ACDD compliant.
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