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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.

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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.