Entry Title: CALIPSO Lidar Level 2 Cloud Profile data V4-10

Entry ID: CAL_LID_L2_05kmCPro-Standard-V4-10
Aerosols Clouds Radiation Budget

CAL_LID_L2_05kmCPro-Standard-V4-10 data are CALIPSO Lidar Level 2 Cloud Profile data. The Lidar Level 2 Cloud Profile data product contains cloud profile data and ancillary data. The cloud profile product is produced at 5 km horizontal resolution and is written in HDF. Note that there is no atmospheric volume characterization associated with the cloud profile products. Also, the 1064 calibration scheme assumes that both the extinction and the backscatter from clouds are spectrally independent. Consistent with this assumption, extinction and backscatter profiles will be reported for clouds only at 532 nm. Additionally, it is important to note that the aerosol profile product extends upward to 30.1 km, while the cloud profile product ceases at 20.2. Therefore, users interested in polar stratospheric clouds will need to order the aerosol profile data product. ...... All CALIOP data products rely on meteorological data provided by NASA's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO). Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) was launched on April 28, 2006 to study the impact of clouds and aerosols on the Earth's radiation budget and climate. It flies in the international A-Train constellation for coincident Earth observations. The CALIPSO satellite comprises three instruments, the Cloud-Aerosol LIdar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP), the Imaging Infrared Radiometer (IIR), and the Wide Field Camera (WFC). CALIPSO is a joint satellite mission between NASA and the French Agency, CNES.



Publications which Cite this Collection

Vaughan, Mark; Garnier, Anne; Josset, Damien; Avery, Melody; Lee, Kam-Pui; Liu, Zhaoyan; Hunt, William; Pelon, Jacques; Hu, Yongxiang; Burton, Sharon; Hair, Johnathan; Tackett, Jason L.; Getzewich, Brian; Kar, Jayanta; Rodier, Sharon (2021). CALIPSO lidar calibration at 1064 nm: version 4 algorithm.

Avery, Melody A.; Ryan, Robert A.; Getzewich, Brian J.; Vaughan, Mark A.; Winker, David M.; Hu, Yongxiang; Garnier, Anne; Pelon, Jacques; Verhappen, Carolus A. (2021). CALIOP V4 cloud thermodynamic phase assignment and the impact of near-nadir viewing angles.

Liu, Zhaoyan; Kar, Jayanta; Zeng, Shan; Tackett, Jason; Vaughan, Mark; Avery, Melody; Pelon, Jacques; Getzewich, Brian; Lee, Kam-Pui; Magill, Brian; Omar, Ali; Lucker, Patricia; Trepte, Charles; Winker, David (2018). Discriminating between clouds and aerosols in the CALIOP version 4.1 data products.

Young, Stuart A.; Vaughan, Mark A.; Garnier, Anne; Tackett, Jason L.; Lambeth, James D.; Powell, Kathleen A. (2017). Extinction and optical depth retrievals for CALIPSO's Version 4 data release.


From GCMD Science Keywords:
  • Backscatter Coefficient
  • Depolarization Ratio Profile
  • Extinction Coefficient
Data Distribution

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Spatial Information

Spatial Coverage: (S: -90, N: 90), (W: -180, E: 180)
Spatial Coverage Type: Horizontal
Coordinate System: Cartesian
Granule Spatial Representation: Cartesian

Temporal Information

Temporal Coverage: 2006-06-12 - Present
Temporal Resolution: 0.74 second

Earth Observation Satellites
Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations
Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization
Metadata Dates

Created on 2017-04-13
Last updated on 2020-08-03