Articles | Volume 16, issue 9
Research article
04 May 2023
Research article |  | 04 May 2023

Across-track extension of retrieved cloud and aerosol properties for the EarthCARE mission: the ACMB-3D product

Zhipeng Qu, Howard W. Barker, Jason N. S. Cole, and Mark W. Shephard

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Cited articles

Barker, H. W. and Li, Z.: Interpreting shortwave albedo-transmittance plots: True or apparent anomalous absorption?, Geophys. Res. Let., 24, 2023–2026,, 1997. 
Barker, H. W., Jerg, M. P., Wehr, T., Kato, S., Donovan, D., and Hogan, R.: A 3D Cloud Construction Algorithm for the EarthCARE satellite mission, Q, J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., 137, 1042–1058,, 2011. 
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Barker, H. W., Cole, J. N. S., and Shephard, M.: Estimation of Errors associated with the EarthCARE 3D Scene Construction Algorithm, Q. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., 140, 2260–2271,, 2014. 
Barker, H. W., Cole, J. N. S., Domenech, C., Shephard, M., Sioris, C., Tornow, F., and Wehr, T.: Assessing the Quality of Active-Passive Satellite Retrievals using Broadband Radiances, Q. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., 141, 1294–1305,, 2015. 
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This paper describes EarthCARE’s L2 product ACM-3D. It includes the scene construction algorithm (SCA) used to produce the indexes for reconstructing 3D atmospheric scene based on satellite nadir retrievals. It also provides the information about the buffer zone sizes of 3D assessment domains and the ranking scores for selecting the best 3D assessment domains. These output variables are needed to run 3D radiative transfer models for the radiative closure assessment of EarthCARE’s L2 retrievals.