Accession Number:

ADA128803

Title:

SSM/I (Special Sensor Microwave/Imager) Project Summary Report

Descriptive Note:

Memorandum rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1983-04-20

Pagination or Media Count:

111.0

Abstract:

The Special Sensor MicrowaveImager SSMI is a passive microwave radiometric system designed to provide retrievals of the environmental parameters sea surface wind, precipitation, atmospheric moisture content, soil moisture and sea ice conditions. It is a joint NavyAir Force project developed by the Hughes Aircraft Company under the direction of the Navy Space System Activity NSSA and the Air Force Space Division to be flown on the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program DMSP. The Space Sensing Applications Branch of the Naval Research Laboratory has served as a technical consultant to NSSA beginning in fiscal year 1982. A summary description of the SSMI instrument and descriptions of the geophysical models, the interaction model, the retrieval technique and climatology used for the SSMI environmental retrieval algorithm are presented. This information may serve as an introduction to the SSMI for those individuals who have an interest in the SSMI and its geophysical data products. The studies, conducted at the request of the NSSA to evaluate and investigate specific details of the instrument and algorithms are attached as Appendix A through E.

Subject Categories:

  • Meteorology
  • Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE