Short Name:
MI3MCLDN

MISR Level 3 Global Cloud public Product in netCDF format covering a month V002

MI3MCLDN_2 is the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) Level 3 Global Cloud public Product in netCDF format covering a month version 2 data product. It is a global summary of the Level 1 and Level 2 cloud parameters of interest averaged over a year and reported on a geographic grid, it has multiple data layers, with varying temporal resolutions of 0.5 degree by 0.5 degree and 2.5 degrees by 2.5 degrees resolution. Data collection for this product is ongoing. The MISR instrument consists of nine pushbroom cameras which measure radiance in four spectral bands. Global coverage is achieved in nine days. The cameras are arranged with one camera pointing toward the nadir, four cameras pointing forward, and four cameras pointing aftward. It takes seven minutes for all nine cameras to view the same surface location. The view angles relative to the surface reference ellipsoid, are 0, 26.1, 45.6, 60.0, and 70.5 degrees. The spectral band shapes are nominally Gaussian, centered at 443, 555, 670, and 865 nm. MISR itself is an instrument designed to view Earth with cameras pointed in 9 different directions. As the instrument flies overhead, each piece of Earth's surface below is successively imaged by all 9 cameras, in each of 4 wavelengths (blue, green, red, and near-infrared). The goal of MISR is to improve our understanding of the affects of sunlight on Earth, as well as distinguish different types of clouds, particles and surfaces. Specifically, MISR monitors the monthly, seasonal, and long-term trends in three areas: 1) amount and type of atmospheric particles (aerosols), including those formed by natural sources and by human activities; 2) amounts, types, and heights of clouds, and 3) distribution of land surface cover, including vegetation canopy structure.

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