January 11, 2012
SSMIS data from DMSP F16 and F17 available on EUMETCast
EUMETSAT are pleased to announce that DMSP F16 and F17 SSMIS data in BUFR format will be available on EUMETCast commencing on 31 January 2012.
The Special Sensor Microwave Imager Sounder (SSMIS) is a passive conically scanning microwave radiometer that takes measurements at 24 discrete frequencies between 19 and 183 GHz with a swath width of 1700 km.
Each SSMIS Sensor Data Product, which contains one orbit of data, is reformatted to produce 4 BUFR products, namely: Imaging (IMA), Environmental (ENV), Lower Atmospheric Sounding (LAS) and Upper Atmospheric Sounding (UAS).
Users are referred to the SSMIS product format description (PDF, 856 KB)
The file naming convention will follow the WMO standard and files will be compressed using bzip2:
Approximate file sizes are as follows:
The EUMETCast Europe details are as follows:
Test data can be found on our FTP site.
Users should register for these products via the EO Portal.
For further information, please contact our User Service Helpdesk.