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NSCAT/NCEP Blended Ocean Winds (Version 1.0)

  • NSCAT/NCEP Blended Ocean Winds (Version 1.0)
  • NCAR_DS744.6
  • Milliff, R.F., W.G. Large, J. Morzel, G. Danabasoglu, and T.M. Chin, 1999: Ocean general circulation model sensitivity to forcing from scatterometer winds. J. Geophys. Res., C5, 11337-11358. Chin, T.M., R.F. Milliff, and W.G. Large, 1998: Basin-scale high-wavenumber sea surface wind fields from multiresolution analysis of scatterometer data. J. Atmos. Ocean. Tech., 15, 741-763.
  • Ocean surface wind vector components and wind stress curl data products are derived from spatial blending of high-resolution satellite data (NASA Scatterometer - NSCAT) and global weather center reanalyses (NCEP), resulting in high temporal and spatial resolution datasets (6-hourly, and 0.5 degree). This global dataset spans 12 months, August 1996 through July 1997. The NSCAT scatterometer data is oriented along polar-orbit satellite swaths. The double-sided instrument yielded two swaths. Each of them about 600 kilometers wide with a 350 km nadir gap and at 50 km resolution. The NCEP data consists of global, 6-hourly reanalysis fields on T62 Gaussian grid with approximate resolution of 1.8 degrees.
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