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QuikScat Views the Earth: BYU QuikScat Data Products

This page contains an introduction to BYU QuikScat data produts, documentation, and the software to read them. Links to download selected data are provided. For more information see the Additional animated images are available from the QuikScat Movie page.

The BYU Microwave Earth Remote Sensing (MERS) Laboratory, under the direction of Dr. David Long, has been producing and distributing a number of standard QuikScat products for land/ice studies. The full set of products is described on the Scatterometer Climate Record Pathfinder web site. Some sample products follow.

  • Global sigma-0 browse products: daily average sigma-0 values on low resolution global and polar stereographic grids.
  • Enhanced resolution sigma-0 image products: a suite of sigma-0 image and auxilary products produced at high resolution. Global high resolution (2.225 km and 4.45 km pixel) and low resolution (24 km) products are produced in a variety of projectsion. Polar products are produced daily with other regions produced somewhat less frequently. The full set of products is described on the Scatterometer Climate Record Pathfinder web site. polar images.

These products are describe in more detail in the documentation available through the links. Most of the products are produced in the BYU .SIR file format. Reader and view software for the file format are availble. Data distribution is through anonymous ftp