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SSF Level2 Documentation

  • SSF Collection Guide — An overview of the science product along with definitions of each of the parameters included within the product.

SSF Level2 Product Features

  • This product provides the CERES observed Top-of-Atmosphere fluxes, associated MODIS clouds and aerosol properties and GEOS-4 atmosphere at the instantaneous footprint level
  • First available CERES product
  • Provides parameterized surface fluxes (not observed)
    • Radiative transfer computed surface fluxes provided in the CRS Level2 product
  • Also designed to be compared with other Terra or Aqua based satellite products
    • Footprint data (20km) can easily be collocated with other dataset
  • Additional Daily, and Monthly Product information can be found in the SSF1deg product.
  • Applicable Studies:
    • Angular dependent of radiance
    • Cloud and aerosol properties comparison
    • Cloud and aerosol radiative forcing estimate and comparison with other estimate
    • Interpretation of radiation cloud and aerosol property variability
    • Surface flux calculation with simple transfer model
    • TOA flux only comparison
    • Comparison of radiation, aerosol and cloud properties with model other then GCM (ie. LES, CRM)

SSF Level2 Processing Flowchart

Image: SSF Level2 Processing Flowchart

SSF Level2 Product Parameters

TOA Radiances
& Fluxes (observed)
Surface Fluxes
Fluxes (N/A)
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 - Down
  • Longwave Flux - Down
  • Net Shortwave Flux
  • Net Longwave Flux
  • LW Surface Emissivity
  • WN Surface Emissivity
  • Surface Albedo
  • 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
  • Skin Temperature
  • Precipitable Water
  • Wind Speed
  • Relative Humidity

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