Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2 (AMSR2)

Note: We have identified a potential irregularity in the AMSR-U2 Snow Water Equivalent data set. The irregularity is manifest in what appears to be an artificial SWE boundary extending across North America. The SWE boundary is more uniform than one would expect for northern hemisphere snow cover and caution is recommended when using this data set at this time. We are actively investigating the issue. Users are advised to use alternative SWE products until further notice.

NRT AMSR2 products are generated within three hours of observation, using preliminary algorithms provided by the NASA-funded US AMSR2 Science Team, with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency NRT Level 1 R (L1R, resampled brightness temperatures) as input. NASA standard products are available from NASA's National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC).

Other Sources of AMSR2 Data Products:

  • The JAXA AMSR Science Team generates its own suite of AMSR2 products.
  • Remote Sensing Systems generates an extensive suite of intercalibrated products (columnar water vapor and cloud liquid water over oceans, ocean wind speed, sea surface temperature) from many passive microwave satellite instruments. View their AMSR2 ocean products.


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NRT AMSR2 L2B Global Swath GSFC Profiling Algorithm 2010: Surface Precipitation, Wind Speed over Ocean, Water Vapor over Ocean and Cloud Liquid Water over Ocean
Data User Guide
Recipe: Quick view using Python and GIS


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*Please see warning note at the top of this page.
NRT AMSR2 Unified L3 Global Daily 25 km EASE-Grid Snow Water Equivalent
Data User Guide
Recipe: How to convert to GeoTIFF using Python and ArcGIS

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NRT AMSR2 Unified L3 Daily 6.25 km Polar Gridded 89 GHz Brightness Temperatures V2
Data User Guide

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AU_SI12_NRT_R02 NRT AMSR2 Unified L3 Daily 12.5 km Brightness Temperature & Sea Ice Concentration V2
Data User Guide

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AU_SI25_NRT_R02 NRT AMSR2 Unified L3 Daily 25 km Brightness Temperature & Sea Ice Concentration Polar Grids V2
Data User Guide

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NRT AMSR2 Unified L2B Half-Orbit 25 km EASE-Grid Surface Soil Moisture Beta Version 2
Data User Guide
45MB (HDF-EOS5),
35MB (NetCDF/CF)

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Last Updated: Mar 12, 2020 at 1:11 PM EDT