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MetOp-A ASCAT Level 2 25-km Ocean Surface Wind Vector Climate Data Record

This dataset represents the first historically reprocessed Level 2 ocean surface wind vector climate data record from the Advanced Scatterometer (ASCAT) on MetOp-A sampled on a 25 km grid. Products at 25-km sampling are less noisy than 12.5-km products, but also contain less geophysical information on small scales and near the coasts. The wind vector retrievals are currently processed using the CMOD7 geophysical model function using a Hamming filter to spatially average the Level 1 Sigma-0 data over 25 km swath grid cells. Each file corresponds to one complete orbit and is provided in netCDF version 3 format. The beginning of the orbit files is defined near the South Pole. ASCAT is a C-band fan beam radar scatterometer, providing two independent swaths of backscatter retrievals, aboard the MetOp-A platform in sun-synchronous polar orbit. It is a product of the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) Ocean and Sea Ice Satellite Application Facility (OSI SAF) provided through the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI). For more information on the MetOp mission, please visit: . For access to more contemporaneous and near-real-time MetOp-A ASCAT 25-km data, please visit: For more timely announcements, users are encouraged to register with the KNMI scatterometer email list: All intellectual property rights of the OSI SAF products belong to EUMETSAT. The use of these products is granted to every interested user, free of charge. If you wish to use these products, EUMETSAT's copyright credit must be shown by displaying the words "copyright (year) EUMETSAT" on each of the products used. Use cases and feedback on the products will be much appreciated and in fact helps to sustain the reprocessing capability.

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