LANCE AMSR2 Near Real-time Snow Products Available
The NASA Land Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE) AMSR2 Processing Center at the Global Hydrology Resource Center Distributed Active Archive Center (WDS Regular Member) has announced the availability of the dataset NRT AMSR2 Daily L3 Global SWE EASE-Grids. This dataset contains snow water equivalent (SWE) data and quality assurance flags mapped to the Northern and Southern Hemisphere 25 km Equal-Area Scalable Earth (EASE) Grids. It is generated incrementally in near real-time using data acquired from the AMSR2 instrument on the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency GCOM-W1 satellite.
LANCE AMSR2 near real-time data and imagery, with noted limitations, are generated and available to registered users via HTTPS with an average latency of less than 3 hours. While not a substitute for climate research quality products, near real-time products are in high demand in fields such as numerical weather prediction and forecasting, monitoring of natural hazards, disaster relief, agriculture, and homeland security. More information about LANCE AMSR2 near real-time data is available here.