Version 7 revision 00 was active from 10 Feb 2015 to 24 April 2016.
Latest version: RSS Wind Climatology V7r01 is available as of 25 April 2016.

The RSS Monthly 1-deg Merged Wind Climatology netCDF dataset provides one degree gridded data for the monthly means of wind speed and wind direction, a 20 year climatology file, and a cumulative file from 1988 to the current month. This includes the anomalies for global winds over Ice Free Oceans (60S to 60N) and the tropical mean for 20S to 20N. Satellite information used in calculating the means is included for the SSMI (8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15) and SSMIS (16, 17), AQUA10 and Windsat (Coriolis). This dataset contains both netCDF3 and netCDF4 formatted files.

Please include the following citation in your publications:

Mears, Carl A., Deborah K. Smith, Kyle Hilburn and Lucrezia Ricciardulli. 2015. RSS Monthly 1-deg Merged Wind Climatology netCDF V7r00 [indicate subset used]. Dataset available online from the NASA Global Hydrology Resource Center DAAC, Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.A. DOI:

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General Characteristics

Publication date: 2015-02-10
Version: 7r00
Collections: DISCOVER MEaSUREs Products
Projects: DISCOVER
Platforms: AQUA, Coriolis, DMSP 5D-2/F10, DMSP 5D-2/F11, DMSP 5D-2/F13, DMSP 5D-2/F14, DMSP 5D-2/F15, DMSP 5D-2/F8, DMSP 5D-3/F16, DMSP 5D-3/F17
Processing level: 3
Format: NETCDF


[coverage map]
Red dots or areas indicate coverage range.


Spatial resolution: 1 degree grid
North boundary: 90°
West boundary: -180°
East boundary: 180°
South boundary: -90°
Temporal resolution: MONTHLY
Start date: 1988-01-01
Stop date: 2016-03-31


Retired Dataset: Retired data available on request only
The guide document contains detailed information about the dataset
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PI Documentation:
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Algorithm Information:
AMSR Ocean Algorithm documentation
Algorithm Information:
AMSR Ocean Algorithm documentation
for V7r00 :
Digital Object Identifier
Citing data:
Instructions for citing GHRC data.



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