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STAR SeaWinds Scatterometer Ocean Surface Winds Data


This dataset contains derived ocean surface wind vector imagery surrounding the Southern Baffin Island. Imagery of ocean surface winds at a 10m height from satellite passes were processed by NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), from near real-time data collected by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)'s SeaWinds Scatterometer instrument aboard the QuikSCAT satellite. The current empirically derived model function being used by NOAA to relate normalized radar cross-section with wind speed and direction is referred to as QSCAT1. The images have been divided into 30 x 20 degree bins for closer examination between latitudes 80N to 80S and longitudes 180W to 180E. STAR downloaded and archived 15 bins of them that cover the Southern Baffin Island and the surrounding area during the campaign period. Each bin contains the images up to 22 hours previous from update time for both ascending and descending passes.

For additional information about SeaWinds or QuikSCAT, please visit JPL's Scatterometer web site at:

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Data Quality final
  • 1.0 (2020-10-28)
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Temporal coverage

Begin datetime 2007-10-03 00:00:00
End datetime 2008-11-01 00:00:00

Spatial coverage

Map data from IBCSO, IBCAO, and Global Topography.

Maximum (North) Latitude: 75.00, Minimum (South) Latitude: 50.00
Minimum (West) Longitude: -135.00, Maximum (East) Longitude: -45.00

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Hanesiak, J., et al. 2020. STAR SeaWinds Scatterometer Ocean Surface Winds Data. Version 1.0. UCAR/NCAR - Earth Observing Laboratory. Accessed 19 May 2024.

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