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CALIPSO Lidar Level 2 Aerosol Profile, Provisional V3-41

CAL_LID_L2_05kmAPro-Prov-V3-41 is the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) Lidar Level 2 Aerosol Profile, Provisional Version 3-41 data product. Data for this product was collected using the CALIPSO Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP) instrument. The version of this product was changed from 3-40 to 3-41 to account for a change in the operating system of the CALIPSO production cluster. This product uses the CALIPSO Lidar Ratio Selection algorithm. The lidar Level 2 Aerosol Profile data products contain averaged aerosol profile data and ancillary data. There are no layer descriptors included in the lidar aerosol profile data products. The spatial distribution of the aerosol layers is instead completely characterized by the aerosol layer fraction and atmospheric volume description parameters. The aerosol profile products are generated at a uniform horizontal resolution of 5 km. The aerosol backscatter and extinction coefficients are computed using a lidar ratio selected by the CALIPSO lidar Ratio selection algorithm. 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 the international A-Train constellation for coincident Earth observations. The CALIPSO satellite comprises three instruments, CALIOP, Imaging Infrared Radiometer (IIR), and Wide Field Camera (WFC). CALIPSO is a joint satellite mission between NASA and the French Agency, CNES.

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