Entry Title: CALIPSO Lidar Level 2 Polar Stratospheric Clouds (PSC) Data Product Ensemble, Provisional V1-10

Entry ID: CAL_LID_L2_PSCMask-Prov-V1-00

CAL_LID_L2_PSCMask-Prov-V1-00 data are Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation (CALIPSO) Lidar Level 2 Polar Stratospheric Clouds (PSC) Data Product Ensemble, Provisional Version 1-10. Data Collection for this product is complete. It contains profiles of PSC presence, composition, optical properties, and meteorological information along CALIPSO orbit tracks. The PSC data product ensemble describes the spatial distribution and optical properties of PSC layers observed by the CALIPSO lidar. Each file contains data from all nighttime orbit segments from a single day reported on a 5-km horizontal by 180-m vertical grid. PSC detection is limited to nighttime Cloud-Aerosol LIdar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP) observations because higher levels of background light during daytime significantly reduce the signal-to-noise and, hence, the PSC detection sensitivity. 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 is comprised of three instruments, 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

Gomez-Martin, Laura; Toledo, Daniel; Prados-Roman, Cristina; Adame, Jose Antonio; Ochoa, Hector; Yela, Margarita (2022). Polar Stratospheric Clouds Detection at Belgrano II Antarctic Station with Visible Ground-Based Spectroscopic Measurements.

Woiwode, Wolfgang; Höpfner, Michael; Bi, Lei; Pitts, Michael C.; Poole, Lamont R.; Oelhaf, Hermann; Molleker, Sergej; Borrmann, Stephan; Klingebiel, Marcus; Belyaev, Gennady; Ebersoldt, Andreas; Griessbach, Sabine; Grooß, Jens-Uwe; Gulde, Thomas; Krämer, Martina; Maucher, Guido; Piesch, Christof; Rolf, Christian; Sartorius, Christian; Spang, Reinhold; Orphal, Johannes (2020). Spectroscopic evidence of large aspherical β-NATparticles involved in denitrification in the December 2011 Arcticstratosphere.

Lambert, Alyn; Santee, Michelle L.; Livesey, Nathaniel J. (2019). Interannual variations of early winter Antarctic polar stratospheric cloud formation and nitric acid observed by CALIOP and MLS.

Pitts, Michael C.; Poole, Lamont R.; Gonzalez, Ryan (2018). Polar stratospheric cloud climatology based on CALIPSO spaceborne lidar measurements from 2006 to 2017.

Höpfner, Michael; Deshler, Terry; Pitts, Michael; Poole, Lamont; Spang, Reinhold; Stiller, Gabriele; von Clarmann, Thomas (2017). The MIPAS/Envisat climatology (2002–2012) of polar stratospheric cloud volume density profiles.


From GCMD Science Keywords:
  • Polar Stratospheric Clouds
  • PSC (Polar Stratospheric Cloud) Feature Mask
Data Distribution

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Spatial Information

Spatial Coverage: (S: -90, N: 90), (W: -180, E: 180)
Spatial Coverage Type: Not provided
Coordinate System: Cartesian
Granule Spatial Representation: Cartesian

Temporal Information

Temporal Coverage: 2006-06-07 - 2016-12-05
Temporal Resolution: Daily

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

Created on 2014-04-29
Last updated on 2022-03-15