GCOM Hydrological & Surface Products
Team Lead: Paul Chang and Ralph Ferraro
Global Change Observation Mission (GCOM):
- The GCOM is a JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) earth mission project for the global and long-term observation of the Earth environment. GCOM is expected to play an important role in monitoring global water circulation and climate change.
- GCOM consists of two satellite series, GCOM-W and GCOM-C. The GCOM-W1, launched May 18, 2012, is the first satellite of the GCOM-W series.
- The AMSR2 (Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer 2) instrument onboard the GCOM-W1 satellite will continue Aqua/AMSR-E observations of water vapor, cloud liquid water, precipitation, SST, sea surface wind speed, sea ice concentration, snow depth, and soil moisture.
- GAASP (GCOM-W1 AMSR2 Algorithm Software Processor), STAR developped software package to generate the AMSR2 EDRs.
- Since June 2013, the products available in near real-time to users via the GAASP on the STAR GCOM-W1/AMSR2 product development and validation system.
Product and Data Access
Products and data:
EDR Long Term-Monitoring
Day 1 Products:
- Microwave Brightness Temperature (MBT)
- Total Precipitable Water (TPW)
- Cloud Liquid Water (CLW)
- Sea Surface Temperature (SST)
- Sea Surface Wind Speed (SSW)
- Precipitation Type/Rate (PT/R)
Day 2 Products:
- Snow Cover/Depth (SC/D)
- Snow Water Equivalent (SWE)
- Sea Ice Characterization (SIC)
- Soil Moisture (SM)
US NOAA National Weather Service
- Tropical Cyclone Monitoring and Forecasting
- Numerical Weather Prediction Model Assimilation
- Marine Forecasting and Monitoring
- Hydrological and Precipitation Forecasting and Monitoring
- Seasonal and Climate Forecasting
US Department of Defense
- AFWA (Air Force Weather Agency)
- FNMOC (Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center)
- NAVO (Naval Oceanographic Office)
- NRL (Naval Research Laboratory): Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Oceanographer of Navy
US National Ice Center, North American Ice Service, Anchorage Ice Desk
Leading Numerical Weather Prediction Centers outside US including: Japan, ECMWF (European Center for Medium range Weather Forecasting)