26th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology


Public release of a tropical cyclone microwave scatterometer and radiometer data archive

Deborah K. Smith, Remote Sensing Systems, Santa Rosa, CA; and M. Brewer and F. J. Wentz

We present a recently developed near-real-time web interface and archive designed to make microwave radiometer and scatterometer data accessible to the tropical cyclone research community, students and cyclone enthusiasts within the general public. Several web sites (such as NOAA/NESDIS and NRL/FNMOC) provide scatterometer and radiometer data in real-time for storm forecasters. Our site complements these by providing research quality microwave data products archived for training and retrospective analysis. The archive interface was designed to enhance the usability and understanding of scatterometer data interpretation by integrating SSM/I rain rates and microwave SST data into the display. Cyclone location, intensity and forecast data from Joint Typhoon Warning Center and National Hurricane Center are obtained from the Naval Research Lab Monterey for use in extracting the scatterometer and radiometer image data. The archive consists of tropical storm images from July 1999 (when QuikSCAT data first became available) to the present for all storm basins. The functionality of the interface will be demonstrated in the presentation showing how users can quickly click and flip between scatterometer wind barb plots, ambiguity plots and backscatter images allowing a seamless visual comparison without the interruption involved with reloading pages in the browser. This archive is available at http://www.remss.com/hurricane/data_archive.html.

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Session 3D, Tropical cyclone observations and structure I
Monday, 3 May 2004, 1:30 PM-3:00 PM, Napoleon III Room

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