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CRS Level2 Documentation

CRS Level2 Product Features

  • This product provides Computed Fluxes for Consistent Clouds at the instantaneous footprint level.
    • Footprints identical to the SSF Level2 product for the CERES observed Top-of-Atmosphere (TOA) fluxes.
    • Designed to be compared with other Terra or Aqua based satellite products.
  • This product provides surface fluxes that are based on hourly radiative transfer computations.
  • CRS product provides computed fluxes based on the Fu-Liou radiative transfer model using GFDL-GEOS-4 atmosphere, MODIS clouds and MODIS/MATCH aerosols.
  • The TOA computed fluxes are also tuned to the CERES measured fluxes by adjusting cloud, surface and GEOS-4 atmosphere properties to provide consistent surface, profile and TOA fluxes and clouds.
    • Computed fluxes provided at the surface, 500mb, 200mb, 70mb and TOA.
    • Computed fluxes are given under pristine (no aerosol), clear-sky, all-sky (no aerosol) and all-sky conditions.
  • Applicable Studies:
    • Cloud and aerosol properties comparison
    • Cloud and aerosol radiative forcing estimate and comparison with other estimate
    • Comparison of radiation, aerosol and cloud properties with model other then GCM (ie. LES, CRM)
    • Flux calculation with simple transfer model
    • In situ Flux comparison over particular region
    • Interpretation of radiation cloud and aerosol property variability

CRS Level2 Processing Flowchart

Image: CRS Level2 Processing Flowchart

CRS Level2 Product Parameters

TOA Radiances
& Fluxes
(observed & computed)
Surface Fluxes
(computed & parameterized)
In-Atmospheric Fluxes
Cloud Properties
Auxiliary Data
  • Shortwave (0-5µm)
  • Longwave (5-100µm)
  • Window-region (8-12µm)
  • Shortwave Flux
  • Longwave Flux
  • Window-region Flux (8-12µm)
  • Shortwave Flux - Up
  • Longwave Flux - Up
  • Window-region Flux - Up
  • Shortwave Flux - Down
  • Longwave Flux - Down
  • Window-region Flux - Down
  • Net Shortwave Flux
  • Net Longwave Flux
  • LW Surface Emissivity
  • WN Surface Emissivity
  • Surface Albedo
  • Shortwave Flux - Up
  • Longwave Flux - Up
  • Window-region Flux - Up
  • Shortwave Flux - Down
  • Longwave Flux - Down
  • Window-region Flux - Down
  • Cloud Area Fraction
  • Cloud Effective Pressure
  • Cloud Effective Temperature
  • Cloud Effective Height
  • Cloud Top Pressure
  • Cloud Base Pressure
  • Cloud Particle Phase
  • Liquid Water Path
  • Ice Water Path
  • Water Particle Radius
  • Ice Particle Effective Diameter
  • Infrared Emissivity
  • Cloud Visible Optical Depth
  • MODIS Aerosol Ocean Percent Coverage
  • MODIS Aerosol Ocean Solution Index-small
  • MODIS Aerosol Ocean Solution Index-large
  • MODIS Aerosol Ocean Effective Optical Depths
  • MODIS Aerosol Land Percent Coverage
  • MODIS Aerosol Land Corrected Optical Depths
  • Surface Type Percent Coverage
  • Snow/Ice Percent Coverage
  • Skin Temperature
  • Total Column Precipitable Water
  • Upper Tropospheric Precipitable Water
  • Upper Tropospheric Humidity
  • Wind Speed

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