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NASA SatCORPS Himawari Cloud Retrieval Data



This dataset contains cloud retrieval data from the Himawari satellite during SOCRATES. These data were produced by the NASA Langley’s Satellite ClOud and Radiation Property retrieval System (SatCORPS)  group. The retrievals include broadband shortwave albedo, broadband longwave flux, cloud infrared emittance, cloud phase, cloud optical depth, effective particle radius or diameter, liquid or ice water path, cloud effective temperature, cloud top and bottom pressure, cloud effective pressure, cloud top and bottom height, cloud effective height, skin temperature, clear sky reflectance, infrared clear sky temperature, visible and near infrared reflectance, solar infrared temperature, infrared channel temperature, infrared mid-level water vapor, and the split-window channel temperature. The data are in NetCDF format.

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Data Quality final
  • 1.0 (2018-03-30):

    The real time data.

  • 2.0 (2018-10-10):

    V2.0 uses better inputs including NWP profile data, aerosol optical depths, etc that were unavailable during the real-time analysis. Additionally, the cloud mask and phase determination algorithms improved leading to better cloud classification and cloud micro-physical properties. The dataset is at 2-km (nadir) resolution and available every 10-min during NSF/NCAR GV HIAPER aircraft flight times and half-hourly at other times.

  • 2.1 (2018-10-15):

    V2.1 includes the 10 minute resolution data for the NSF/NCAR GV HIAPER research flight 4 (RF04) period (2300 UTC 23 January 2018 to 0700 UTC 24 January 2018) that was missing from V2.0.

  • 2.2 (2020-10-06):

    The radiative fluxes have been updated in this version. The cloud properties are unchanged from the previous version.

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Temporal coverage

Begin datetime 2018-01-04 14:00:00
End datetime 2018-02-25 23:29:59

Spatial coverage

Map data from IBCSO, IBCAO, and Global Topography.

Maximum (North) Latitude: -0.50, Minimum (South) Latitude: -71.50
Minimum (West) Longitude: 80.50, Maximum (East) Longitude: -170.50

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Smith, W., Minnis, P. 2020. NASA SatCORPS Himawari Cloud Retrieval Data. Version 2.2. UCAR/NCAR - Earth Observing Laboratory. Accessed 14 Jul 2024.

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