Articles | Volume 15, issue 7
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 2099–2123, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-2099-2022
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 2099–2123, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-2099-2022
Research article
07 Apr 2022
Research article | 07 Apr 2022

Evaluating the consistency and continuity of pixel-scale cloud property data records from Aqua and SNPP (Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership)

Qing Yue et al.

Data sets

MODIS atmosphere L2 cloud product (06_L2) S. Platnick, S. Ackerman, M. King, G. Wind, K. Meyer, P. Menzel, R. Frey, R. Holz, B. Baum, and P. Yang https://doi.org/10.5067/MODIS/MYD06_L2.061

VIIRS Atmosphere L2 Cloud Properties Product (https://ladsweb.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/missions-and-measurements/products/CLDPROP_L2_MODIS_Aqua/#product-information) S. Platnick, K. G. Meyer, A. K. Heidinger, and R. Holz https://doi.org/10.5067/VIIRS/CLDPROP_L2_VIIRS_SNPP.001

MODIS/Aqua Cloud Mask and Spectral Test Results 5-Min L2 Swath 1km S. Ackerman, et al. https://doi.org/10.5067/MODIS/CLDMSK_L2_MODIS_Aqua.001

MODIS Atmosphere L2 Cloud Mask Product S. Ackerman, P. Menzel, R. Frey, and B. Baum https://doi.org/10.5067/MODIS/MYD35_L2.061

Sounder SIPS: Suomi NPP CrIMSS Level 2 CLIM- CAPS Full Spectral Resolution: Atmosphere cloud and surface geophysical state V2 C. Barnet https://doi.org/10.5067/62SPJFQW5Q9B

Sounder SIPS: Suomi NPP CrIMSS Level 2 CLIMCAPS Normal Spectral Resolution: Atmosphere, cloud and surface geophysical state V1 C. Barnet https://doi.org/10.5067/8RUZI1F8U1UX

Sounder SIPS: AQUA AIRS IR + MW Level 2 CLIMCAPS: Atmosphere, cloud and surface geophysical state V2 C. Barnet https://doi.org/10.5067/JZMYK5SMYM86

Aqua/AIRS L2 Support Retrieval (AIRS-only) V7.0 AIRS project https://doi.org/10.5067/APJ6EEN0PD0Z

Datasets for Yue et al. (2022), Atmospheric Mea- surement Techniques: “Evaluating the Consistency and Continuity of Pixel-Scale Cloud Property Data Records From Aqua and SNPP” Q. Yue https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6368564

VIIRS/SNPP Cloud Mask and Spectral Test Results 6-Min L2 Swath 750m S. Ackerman, et al. https://doi.org/10.5067/VIIRS/CLDMSK_L2_VIIRS_SNPP.001

Model code and software

wanglikun1973/CrIS_VIIRS_collocation: VIIRS and CrIS collocation code L. Wang https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6369192

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Short summary
The self-consistency and continuity of cloud retrievals from infrared sounders and imagers aboard Aqua and SNPP (Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership) are examined at the pixel scale. Cloud products are found to be consistent with each other. Differences between sounder products are mainly due to cloud clearing and the treatment of clouds in scenes with unsuccessful atmospheric retrievals. The impact of algorithm and instrument differences is clearly seen in the imager cloud retrievals.