NOAA Office of Satellite and Product Operations

SSM/I and SSM/IS Products

    Operational Products
Microwave Rain Rate (SSM/I, SSM/IS) Product shows the rainfall intensity (mm/hr) over the Earth's surface. It is derived from SSM/I channels 19V, 19H, 22V, 37V, and 85V on an orbital basis.

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Total Precpitiable Water from SSMI Sample Image


POES Resolution: 15-50 Km Frequency: Every 4 Hours
Sea Ice Concentration (SSM/I) Product shows sea ice concentration over oceans. The sea ice concentration is derived from the passive microwave sensor SSM/I, which has 7 channels of 19 GHz (H, V), 22 GHz (V), 37 GHz (H, V), and 85 GHz (H, V), where H is the horizontal polarization, V is the vertical polarization. The ice concentration is defined as the fraction of a given area of sea water covered by ice with accuracy of 5%. The product is updated once per day at 4 am EST.

This product is originally generated by Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC). NOAA/NESDIS gets the product through an interagency program referred to as the Shared Processing Program in which NOAA, the US Air Force and US Navy participate. OSDPD converts the product into HDF-EOS and WMO BUFR formats and distributed to users.

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Sample SSM/I Sea Ice Concentration Image


POES (DSMP) Resolution: 25 Km Frequency: Daily

Soil Moisture (SSM/I) Product shows soil moisture for land regions. The soil moisture is derived from the passive microwave sensor SSM/I, which has 7 channels of 19 GHz (H, V), 22 GHz (V), 37 GHz (H, V), and 85 GHz (H, V), where H is the horizontal polarization, V is the vertical polarization. The soil moisture varies from 0 to 70 mm with accuracy of 1 mm. The product is updated once per day at 4 am EST.

This product is originally generated by Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC). NOAA/NESDIS gets the product through an interagency program referred to as the Shared Processing Program in which NOAA, the US Air Force and US Navy participate. OSDPD converts the product into HDF-EOS and WMO BUFR formats and distributed to users.
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Sample Soil Moisture Product


POES Mapped Resolution: 25 Km Frequency: Daily
Snow Depth (SSM/I) Product shows snow depth over land. The snow depth is derived from the passive microwave sensor SSM/I, which has 7 channels of 19 GHz (H, V), 22 GHz (V), 37 GHz (H, V), and 85 GHz (H, V), where H is the horizontal polarization, V is the vertical polarization. The snow depth measures the depth of recently accumulated dry snow, which varies from 0 to 400 with accuracy of 1 mm. The product is updated once per day at 4 am EST.

This product is originally generated by Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC). NOAA/NESDIS gets the product through an interagency program referred to as the Shared Processing Program in which NOAA, the US Air Force and US Navy participate. OSDPD converts the product into HDF-EOS and WMO BUFR formats and distributed to users.

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SSM/I Snow Depth Product Sample


POES (DMSP) Resolution: 25 Km Frequency: Daily
Surface Temperature (SSM/I) Product shows surface temperature over land. The land surface temperature is derived from the passive microwave sensor SSM/I, which has 7 channels of 19 GHz (H, V), 22 GHz (V), 37 GHz (H, V), and 85 GHz (H, V), where H is the horizontal polarization, V is the vertical polarization. The land surface temperature varies from -99 to 69 with accuracy of 1 Degree Kelvin. The product is updated once per day at 4 am EST.

This product is originally generated by Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC). NOAA/NESDIS gets the product through an interagency program referred to as the Shared Processing Program in which NOAA, the US Air Force and US Navy participate. OSDPD converts the product into HDF-EOS and WMO BUFR formats and distributed to users.

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Sample SSM/I Surface Temperature Image


POES Resolution: 25 Km Frequency: Daily
Surface Type (SSM/I) Product shows surface type around the world. The surface type is defined with the surface tag values at a given latitude and longitude. The surface types include: Floods; Dense Vegetation; Agricultural/Range Vegetation; Dry arable soil; Moist soil; Semi-Desert; Desert; Composite vegetation and water; Composite soil and water; Dry snow; Wet snow; Refrozen snow; Glacial ice. The product is updated once per day at 4 am EST.

This product is originally generated by Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC). NOAA/NESDIS gets the product through an interagency program referred to as the Shared Processing Program in which NOAA, the US Air Force and US Navy participate. OSDPD converts the product into HDF-EOS and WMO BUFR formats and distributed to users.

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Sample SSM/I Surface Type Image


GOES or POES Resolution: 25 Km Frequency: Daily
Total Precipitable Water (SSM/I) Also referred to as Water Vapor, this product shows the total atmospheric moisture over oceans. The water vapor is derived from the passive microwave sensor SSM/I, which has 7 channels of 19 GHz (H, V), 22 GHz (V), 37 GHz (H, V), and 85 GHz (H, V), where H is the horizontal polarization, V is the vertical polarization. The water vapor varies from 0 to 80 with accuracy of 0.1 kg/m^2. The product is updated once per day at 4 am EST.

This product is originally generated by Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC). NOAA/NESDIS gets the product through an interagency program referred to as the Shared Processing Program in which NOAA, the US Air Force and US Navy participate. OSDPD converts the product into HDF-EOS and WMO BUFR formats and distributed to users.

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Sample SSMI Water Vapor Image


POES Resolution: 25 Km Frequency: Every 4 Hours
Water Vapor (SSM/I) Product shows water vapor over oceans. The water vapor is derived from the passive microwave sensor SSM/I, which has 7 channels of 19 GHz (H, V), 22 GHz (V), 37 GHz (H, V), and 85 GHz (H, V), where H is the horizontal polarization, V is the vertical polarization. The water vapor varies from 0 to 80 with accuracy of 0.1 kg/m^2. The product is updated once per day at 4 am EST.

This product is originally generated by Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC). NOAA/NESDIS gets the product through an interagency program referred to as the Shared Processing Program in which NOAA, the US Air Force and US Navy participate. OSDPD converts the product into HDF-EOS and WMO BUFR formats and distributed to users.
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Sample SSM/I Water Vapor Image


POES Resolution: 25 Km Frequency: Daily
Wind Speed (SSM/I) Product shows wind speed over oceans. The wind speed is derived from the passive microwave sensor SSM/I, which has 7 channels of 19 GHz (H, V), 22 GHz (V), 37 GHz (H, V), and 85 GHz (H, V), where H is the horizontal polarization, V is the vertical polarization. The wind speed has accuracy of 0.1 m/s. The product is updated once per day at 4 am EST.

This product is originally generated by Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC). NOAA/NESDIS gets the product through an interagency program referred to as the Shared Processing Program in which NOAA, the US Air Force and US Navy participate. OSDPD converts the product into HDF-EOS and WMO BUFR formats and distributed to users.

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Sample SSM/I Winds Image


POES Resolution: 25 Km Frequency: Daily