SMOS Tropical Cyclone Wind Radii Fixes

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Description

The SMOS WRF product is available in Near Real Time to support tropical cyclones (TC) forecasts.

It is generated within 4 to 6 hours from sensing from the SMOS L2 swath wind speed products, in the so-called "Fix (F-deck)" format compatible with the US Navy's ATCF (Automated Tropical Cyclone Forecasting) System.

The SMOS WRF "fixes" to the best-track forecasts contain: the SMOS 10-min maximum-sustained winds (in knots) and wind radii (in nautical miles) for the 34 kt (17 m/s), 50 kt (25 m/s) and 64 kt (33 m/s) winds per geographical storm quadrants, and for each SMOS pass intercepting a TC in all the active ocean basins.

Details

DATA SET SPECIFICATIONS

Spatial coverage: 
90 N, -90 S, -180 W, 180 E
Temporal coverage:
2018-05-01 - present
Date of launch:
2009-11-02
Operators:
ESA
Mission status:
onGoing
Orbit height:
758 km
Orbit type:
Sun-synchronous
Swath width:
1000 km
Wavelengths:
L-Band (19.4 - 76.9 cm)

PROCESSING LEVEL

level 4

APPLICABLE TERMS & CONDITIONS

Utilisation of this data is subject to ESA's Earth Observation Terms and Conditions

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RESOURCES

SMOS Wind Products Description Document (PDD)
Product Specifications
SMOS Wind Products Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD)
Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD)
Read-me-first note for the release of SMOS Wind data products
Release Note
SMOS Wind Data Service at Ifremer
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