MISR radiometric camera-by-camera Cloud Mask V004

Version 004
  • Abstract
    Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) 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 fate of sunlight in Earth environment, 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. MISR radiometric camera-by-camera Cloud Mask V004 contains the Radiometric camera-by-camera Cloud Mask dataset. It is used to determine whether a scene is classified as clear or cloudy. A new parameter has been added to indicate dust over ocean. This version of the ESDT is used by MISR PGE 13.
  • Purpose
    The Radiometric camera-by-camera Cloud Mask (RCCM) is used during geophysical parameter retrievals. In the Top of the Atmosphere (TOA)/Cloud Product, RCCM is combined with stereoscopically derived cloud mask to 1) establish values of the Reflecting Level Reference Altitude, 2) determine how a scene is classified for choosing angular integration coefficients for establishing TOA albedos, and 3) calculate regional scene classifiers. Retrieval of Aerosol/Surface Product properties requires the absence of clouds, for retrieval assumptions to be valid.
  • Version Description
    Updated ESDT version/contents for stand-alone usage with new PGE 13 (RCCM)

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MISR No campaigns listed. 1999-12-18

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    MISR 1.0 233.0 1.0 180.0
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  • David Diner
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      MISR Science Team (2015), Terra/MISR Level 1B, Radiometric Camera-by-camera Cloud Mask, version 4, Hampton, VA, USA: NASA Atmospheric Science Data Center (ASDC), Accessed at doi: 10.5067/Terra/MISR/MIRCCM_L2.004