Short Name:
CAL_LID_L3_Stratospheric_APro-Standard-V1-00

CAL_LID_L3_Stratospheric_APro-Standard-V1-00

CAL_LID_L3_Stratospheric_APro-Standard-V1-00 data are Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) Lidar Level 3 stratospheric aerosol profile data. The CALIPSO Lidar Level 3 stratospheric aerosol reports global distributions of 532nm total attenuated backscatter, extinction, attenuated scattering ratios, and stratospheric aerosol optical depths on a uniform spatial grid. All level 3 parameters are derived from the CALIPSO version 4 level 1 and level 2 5 km merged layer and version 3 level 2 polar stratospheric cloud data products, with a temporal averaging of one month. The primary outputs are reported in terms of 1) background only and 2) all aerosol. For background only all features identified by the level 2 algorithms have been removed. For all aerosol only aerosols layers are considered, while clouds and polar stratospheric clouds are removed. CALIPSO was launched on April 28, 2006 to study the impact of clouds and aerosols on the Earth's radiation budget and climate. It flies in formation with five other satellites in the international "A-Train" constellation for coincident Earth observations. The CALIPSO satellite comprises three instruments, the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP), the Imaging Infrared Radiometer (IIR), and the Wide Field Camera (WFC). CALIPSO is a joint mission between NASA and the French Space Agency, CNES.

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