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High Resolution AMSR-E 89 GHz Sea Ice Images

High resolution sea ice charts are daily determined by the PHAROS group at IUP from data of the two new passive microwave sensors AMSR and AMSR-E, both developed by the National Space Agency of Japan (NASDA , now JAXA):

NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) Aqua Satellite was launched on May 4, 2002. The Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - (AMSR-E) is a one of the six sensors aboard Aqua. AMSR is one of the five sensors on NASDA's satellite ADEOS-II launched December 2002, and operational until October 2003.

The instantaneous field-of-view (IFOV) of the various obervation frequencies of the both instruments AMSR and AMSR-E is two to three times finer than that of the corresonding SSM/I channels (the standard passive microwave sensor in orbit since 1987).