Assessment of global cloud datasets from satellites: Project and database initiated by the GEWEX radiation panel

C. J. Stubenrauch, W. B. Rossow, S. Kinne, S. Ackerman, G. Cesana, H. Chepfer, L. Di Girolamo, B. Getzewich, A. Guignard, A. Heidinger, B. C. Maddux, W. P. Menzel, P. Minnis, C. Pearl, S. Platnick, C. Poulsen, J. Riedi, S. Sun-Mack, A. Walther, D. WinkerS. Zeng, G. Zhao

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Abstract

The Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX) Radiation Panel initiated the GEWEX Cloud Assessment in 2005 to compare available, global, long-term cloud data products with the International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP). The GEWEX Cloud Assessment database included cloud properties retrieved from different satellite sensor measurements, taken at various local times and over various time periods. The relevant passive satellite sensors measured radiation scattered or emitted by Earth's surface and by its atmosphere including clouds. Specific spectral domains were exploited for particular retrieval methods to maximize the sensitivity to the presence of clouds and to determine key cloud properties. ISCCP also emphasized on temporal resolution over spectral resolution to resolve the diurnal cycle of clouds the GEWEX cloud climate record.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1031-1049
Number of pages19
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Volume94
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes

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