Short Name:
CER_ISCCP-D2like-Nit_Terra-FM2-MODIS

CERES MODIS Cloud Retrievals in ISCCP-D2like Format Nit Terra FM2 Edition3A

The Monthly Gridded Cloud Averages (ISCCP-D2like-Nit) data product contains monthly and monthly 3-hourly (GMT-based) gridded regional mean CERES MODIS-derived cloud properties as a function of 18 cloud types, similar to the ISCCP D2 product, where the cloud properties are stratified by pressure, optical depth, and phase. There are separate daytime and nighttime data sets for both Terra-MODIS and Aqua-MODIS. The retrievals, and therefore the quality, are different for each data set. The CERES MODIS-derived cloud properties are not the official NASA MODIS cloud retrievals, but are based on the CERES cloud working group retrievals that are also available in other CERES products. The CERES MODIS-derived cloud properties have coverage from pole to pole. For these MODIS-based ISCCP-D2like products, the cloud fractions for 42 cloud types, similar to the ISCCP D1 product, are also available. The Single Scanner Footprint TOA/Surface Fluxes and Clouds (SSF) data product is the input to this product. Each ISCCP-D2like file covers a single month.11 Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) is a key component of the Earth Observing System (EOS) program. The CERES instruments provide radiometric measurements of the Earth's atmosphere from three broadband channels. The CERES missions are a follow-on to the successful Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) mission. The first CERES instrument (PFM) was launched on November 27, 1997 as part of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM). Two CERES instruments (FM1 and FM2) were launched into polar orbit on board the EOS flagship Terra on December 18, 1999. Two additional CERES instruments (FM3 and FM4) were launched on board EOS Aqua on May 4, 2002. The newest CERES instrument (FM5) was launched on board the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite on October 28, 2011.

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