Using satellite microwave sensors to develop climate data records



[1] NOAA Workshop on Climate Data Records From Satellite Passive Microwave Sounders: AMSU/MHS/SSMT2; College Park, Maryland, 2–3 March 2011; The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Data Record (CDR) program ( is an effort to create long-term homogeneous records of satellite measurements and derived products. As part of this effort, scientists at two related projects that focus on passive microwave sensors with the goal of hydrological applications—one led by a National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service/Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR) team and one led by the City College of New York (CCNY)—held a joint workshop with the following objectives:

  • To allow the CDR teams to interact with satellite data and product users and other CDR developers on relevant aspects of sensor characteristics and intercalibration that will lead to mature CDRs;
  • To provide a formal mechanism for input by subject matter experts, in particular, sensor scientists and engineers; and>
  • To move toward a community consensus approach for NOAA microwave sounder CDRs.