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Blended Sea Winds

The Blended Sea Winds dataset synthesizes observations from multiple satellites (up to six satellites since June 2002) to create gridded wind speeds. Blending the data fills in the temporal and spatial data gaps present in each source dataset, and reduces subsampling aliases and random errors. These products were developed in response to the increasing demand for higher resolution global datasets, and can be used to improve the accuracy of ocean and weather conditions forecasts. Please note these are peer-reviewed scientific research products.

Note that this NOAA/NCEI Blended Seawinds (NBS) has been updated to version 2.0. Please access this NBS v2.0 at NOAA CoastWatch.

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Product Details

The NOAA NCEI Blended Seawinds (NBS) version 2.0 dataset synthesizes observations from multiple satellites (up to seven satellites since June 2002) to create gridded wind speeds (10m, neutral). This is an updated version of the existing NOAA NBS v1.0, which is a global gridded 0.25° and 6-hourly sea surface winds product that has wide applications in marine transportation, marine ecosystem and fisheries, offshore winds, weather and ocean forecasts, and other areas.


Huai-Min Zhang, PhD
NOAA/NESDIS/National Centers for Environmental Information
151 Patton Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: 1-828-271-4090


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