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Enhanced Cloud algorithm from collocated CALIPSO, CloudSat and MODIS global boundary layer lapse rate studies

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Enhanced Cloud algorithm from collocated CALIPSO, CloudSat and MODIS global boundary layer lapse rate studies
Coincident profile information from CALIPSO's lidar and CloudSat's radar offers a unique opportunity to map the vertical structure of clouds over the globe with accuracies never before realized. At Langley NASA, both CALIPSO and CloudSat are collocated with each MODIS 1-km pixel to create a new data set named C3M (Figure 1). A year (July 2006 - June 2007) of C3M data is used to derive global lapse rate maps, as an enhancement to NASA Langley's CERES Cloud Property Retrieval System (CCPRS) [1]. The lapse rates are derived for boundary layer clouds using the the cloud-top temperature from Aqua MODIS level 1 data, skin temperature over ocean and surface temperature over land from the GMAO GEOS-4, and cloud-top height from CALIPSO. The derived global lapse rate maps are used to process a month of CERES-MODIS data to calculate cloud top heights, which are compared with CALIPSO cloud top height. The comparisons shows good agreement between CERES-MODIS and CALIPSO.
Sunny Sun-Mack, Patrick Minnis, Seiji Kato, Yan Ch
Added 18 May 2011
Updated 18 May 2011
Type Journal
Year 2010
Where IGARSS
Authors Sunny Sun-Mack, Patrick Minnis, Seiji Kato, Yan Chen, Yuhong Yi, Sharon Gibson, Pat Heck, Dave Winker, Kirk Ayers
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