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Snow melting status (wet/dry)


Measurement Definition*: Binary product (dry or melting/thawing) derived from MW imagery - Accuracy expressed as Hit Rate [ HR ] and False Alarm Rate [ FAR ].
InstrumentStatus/
Accuracy
Instrument DescriptionMeasurement TechnologyTimeline
PALSAR-2
Phased Array type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar-2
Operational
Disaster monitoring, land monitoring, agricultural monitoring, natural resource exploration, global forest monitoring, potential use and interferometry.Imaging radar (SAR)
WindSat
WindSat
Operational
Demonstration of sea surface wind vector observation by polarimetric passive radiometryMulti-purpose imaging MW radiometer
PALSAR-3
Phased Array type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar-3
Being developed
Disaster monitoring, land monitoring, agricultural monitoring, natural resource exploration, global forest monitoring, potential use and interferometry.Imaging radar (SAR)
* Description adapted from WMO.
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