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NOAA Microwave Radiometer Data and Thermodynamic Profile Retrievals



Two Radiometrics MP-3000A Microwave Radiometers (MWRs) were deployed during the Chequamegon Heterogeneous Ecosystem Energy-balance Study Enabled by a High-density Extensive Array of Detectors (CHEESEHEAD) experiment. Also included in this dataset are the thermodynamic profile data derived from the MWR data (and other data input sources) using an optimal estimation-based physical retrieval algorithm. The thermodynamic MWR profilers continuously observe air temperature, humidity and liquid features that define local weather. These two MWRs have 21 K-band (22 to 30 GHz) channels, and 14 V-band (51 to 59 GHz) channels.  Data from three sites in Wisconsin (Prentice, Lakeland, and ISS | Tall Tower) are included in this dataset. Note that the frequency of the data collection for MWR was ~2-3 minutes while the frequency for the thermodynamic retrievals is 10 minutes. 

Please see the documentation for more information including details on MWR calibrations, the optimal estimation-based physical retrieval algorithm and its data input sources, and file formats.

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Data Quality final
  • 1.0 (2020-04-01)
  • 2.0 (2020-10-05):

    Thermodynamic profile retrieval data were added to this dataset.

  • 3.0 (2021-06-30):

    Due to an error in the TROPoe processing, the surface met station data were not used in the thermodynamic retrievals in version 2.0. This is corrected in the new version. Furthermore, a thermodynamic profile retrieval data set is added for which the thermodynamic profiles from the Rapid Refresh model above 4km are used as input to TROPoe.

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Temporal coverage

Begin datetime 2019-07-31 00:07:43
End datetime 2019-10-29 16:20:38

Spatial coverage

Map data from IBCSO, IBCAO, and Global Topography.

Maximum (North) Latitude: 45.9455, Minimum (South) Latitude: 45.5391
Minimum (West) Longitude: -90.2935, Maximum (East) Longitude: -89.7272

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Adler, B., et al. 2021. NOAA Microwave Radiometer Data and Thermodynamic Profile Retrievals. Version 3.0. UCAR/NCAR - Earth Observing Laboratory. Accessed 28 May 2024.

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