Microwave Climate Data Center  (MCDC)

Research-Quality Geophysical Products from Satellite Microwave Sensors

Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) is a world leader in processing and analyzing microwave data collected by satellite microwave sensors. Our mission is to provide research-quality geophysical data to the global scientific community.

➢ Evaluating Climate Trends

➢ Monitoring Extreme Weather

➢ Empowering Climate Predictions

AMSR-2 spies
Hurricane IAN

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  ➢ TC-Winds

2021 Upper Air Temperature:
  Sixth hottest year on record
  Warmest La Niña year ever?
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Microwave satellite observations come from three types of sensors: radiometers, sounders, and scatterometers. Learn more about each of these and their associated satellite missions.

Get our Mission data



Microwave satellite sensors observe the earth daily. Find out how we use these observations to study the earth’s temperature, wind speed, salinity, rain rate, and more.

See our Measurements


Learn more about the scientific projects and innovative research that we conduct at Remote Sensing Systems using satellite microwave observations and retrievals.

Learn about RSS's research

Storm Watch

Microwave satellite observations penetrate clouds, revealing many features of tropical storms. Explore our global storm-centric archive of these storms and see our microwave satellite retrievals in action.

See the latest Storm Images

➢ 33+ Year Climate Data Record (CDR):   Air-Sea Essential Climate Variables (AS-ECV)