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SSF Level2 References


Instrument Calibration

  • Loeb, Norman G.; Manalo-Smith, Natividad; Su, Wenying; Shankar, Mohan; Thomas, Susan (2016)
    CERES Top-of-Atmosphere Earth Radiation Budget Climate Data Record: Accounting for in-Orbit Changes in Instrument Calibration
    Remote Sensing, 8(3), 182. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/rs8030182 link to external site

Clouds

  • Minnis, P.; Sun-Mack, Szedung; Chen, Yan; Khaiyer, M.M.; Yi, Yuhong; Ayers, J.K.; Brown, R.R.; Dong, Xiquan;
    Gibson, S.C.; Heck, P.W.; Lin, Bing; Nordeen, M.L.; Nguyen, L.; Palikonda, R.; Smith, W.L.; Spangenberg, D.A.; Trepte, Q.Z.; Xi, Baike (2011)
    CERES Edition-2 Cloud Property Retrievals Using TRMM VIRS and Terra and Aqua MODIS Data -- Part II:
    Examples of Average Results and Comparisons With Other Data

    IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 49(11), 4401-4430. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TGRS.2011.2144602 link to external site

  • Minnis, P.; Sun-Mack, Szedung; Young, D.F.; Heck, P.W.; Garber, D.P.; Chen, Yan; Spangenberg, D.A.; Arduini, R.F.;
    Trepte, Q.Z.; Smith, W.L.; Ayers, J.K.; Gibson, S.C.; Miller, W.F.; Hong, G.; Chakrapani, V.; Takano, Y.; Liou, Kuo-Nan; Xie, Yu; Yang, Ping (2011)
    CERES Edition-2 Cloud Property Retrievals Using TRMM VIRS and Terra and Aqua MODIS Data -- Part I: Algorithms
    IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 49(11), 4374-4400. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TGRS.2011.2144601 link to external site

Angular Directional Models

  • Su, W.; Corbett, J.; Eitzen, Z.; Liang, L. (2015)
    Next-generation angular distribution models for top-of-atmosphere radiative flux calculation from CERES instruments: validation
    Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8(8), 3297-3313. http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-3297-2015 link to external site

  • Su, W.; Corbett, J.; Eitzen, Z.; Liang, L. (2015)
    Next-generation angular distribution models for top-of-atmosphere radiative flux calculation from CERES instruments: methodology
    Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8(2), 611-632. http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-611-2015 link to external site

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
(parameterized)
In-Atmospheric
Fluxes (N/A)
Cloud Properties
(MODIS)
Aerosols
(MODIS)
Auxiliary Data
(GMAO GEOS)
  • 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



SSF Level2 Product Availability


SSF Level2 Product Processing Status ( by year / by month / by product edition)
Product Sat
Level 2
SSF Terra
Aqua
S-NPP
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Level 2
Feb  Terra SSF /2000 Available   Terra SSF /2001 Available   Terra SSF /2002 Available   Terra SSF /2003 Available   Terra SSF /2004 Available   Terra SSF /2005 Available   Terra SSF /2006 Available   Terra SSF /2007 Available   Terra SSF /2008 Available   Terra SSF /2009 Available   Terra SSF /2010 Available   Terra SSF /2011 Available   Terra SSF /2012 Available   Terra SSF /2013 Available   Terra SSF /2014 Available   Terra SSF /2015 Available   Terra SSF /2016 Available Mar Terra SSF /2017 Available
 Aqua SSF /2000 Not Available  Aqua SSF /2001 Not Available Jul  Aqua SSF /2002 Available   Aqua SSF /2003 Available   Aqua SSF /2004 Available   Aqua SSF /2005 Available   Aqua SSF /2006 Available   Aqua SSF /2007 Available   Aqua SSF /2008 Available   Aqua SSF /2009 Available   Aqua SSF /2010 Available   Aqua SSF /2011 Available   Aqua SSF /2012 Available   Aqua SSF /2013 Available   Aqua SSF /2014 Available   Aqua SSF /2015 Available   Aqua SSF /2016 Available Mar Aqua SSF /2017 Available
 NPP SSF /2000 Not Available  NPP SSF /2001 Not Available  NPP SSF /2002 Not Available  NPP SSF /2003 Not Available  NPP SSF /2004 Not Available  NPP SSF /2005 Not Available  NPP SSF /2006 Not Available  NPP SSF /2007 Not Available  NPP SSF /2008 Not Available  NPP SSF /2009 Not Available  NPP SSF /2010 Not Available  NPP SSF /2011 Not Available Jan  NPP SSF /2012 Available   NPP SSF /2013 Available   NPP SSF /2014 Available   NPP SSF /2015 Available   NPP SSF /2016 Available Mar NPP SSF /2017 Available


Legend
 Terra Available  Aqua Available  S-NPP Available  Combined Available
 Not Available (odd rows)  Not Available (even rows)

  • By clicking on "by month", a more detailed table will be rendered with the ability to click on specific months for daily and hourly Level 2 and Level 1B products.
  • By clicking on "by product edition", a more detailed table will be rendered with the versions of the product available.

CERES Instrument Temporal Coverage
Spacecraft Instrument(s) Launch Date Start Date End Date
TRMM PFM 11/27/1997 12/27/1997 05/29/2001
Terra FM1 & FM2 12/18/1999 02/25/2000 Still in operation
Aqua FM3 & FM4 05/04/2002 06/19/2002 Still in operation
S-NPP FM5 10/28/2011 01/27/2012 Still in operation







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