CERES Level 3
Entry Title: CERES Monthly Regional Radiative Fluxes and Clouds Aqua FM3 Edition2B

Entry ID: CER_AVG_Aqua-FM3-MODIS_Edition2B_2B
Clouds Radiation Budget
Description

CER_AVG_Aqua-FM3-MODIS_Edition2B is a legacy AVG product of computed TOA, surface and in-atmospheric (profile) fluxes consistent and along with the CERES geostationary (GEO)-enhanced temporally interpolated observed TOA fluxes and clouds, MODIS and 3-hourly GEO cloud properties and MODIS aerosols.The Monthly Regional Radiative Fluxes and Clouds (AVG) product contains a month of space and time averaged Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) data for a single scanner instrument. The AVG is also produced for combinations of scanner instruments. The 1-degree regional flux at the hour of observation from the CERES SYN product and concurrent diurnal data from geostationary satellites are used to estimate the regional flux, which is averaged to yield the monthly average flux. Adjusted fluxes at the four atmospheric levels defined by the CERES SYN product are also estimated for both clear-sky and total-sky scenes. In addition, four cloud height categories are defined by dividing the atmosphere into four intervals with boundaries at the surface, 700-, 500-, 300-hPa, and the Top-of-the-Atmosphere. The cloud layers from SYN, which are in cloud height categories, are averaged. The cloud properties are also column averaged. The AVG also contains for each region the hourly average fluxes for the month and an overall monthly average. The companion product, ZAVG, contains zonal and global averages.CERES is a key component of the Earth Observing System (EOS) program. The CERES instruments provide radiometric measurements of the Earth's atmosphere from three broadband channels. The CERES missions are a follow-on to the successful Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) mission. The first CERES instrument (PFM) was launched on November 27, 1997 as part of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM). Two CERES instruments (FM1 and FM2) were launched into polar orbit on board the EOS flagship Terra on December 18, 1999. Two additional CERES instruments (FM3 and FM4) were launched on board EOS Aqua on May 4, 2002. The newest CERES instrument (FM5) was launched on board the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite on October 28, 2011.

Keywords

From GCMD Science Keywords:
  • CLOUD TOP PRESSURE > CLOUD PROPERTIES
  • CLOUD BASE HEIGHT > CLOUD PROPERTIES
  • CLOUD BASE PRESSURE > CLOUD PROPERTIES
  • OUTGOING LONGWAVE RADIATION
  • ALBEDO
  • CLEAR-SKY ALBEDO
  • CLEAR-SKY LONGWAVE FLUX
  • CLEAR-SKY SHORTWAVE FLUX
  • CLEAR-SKY SOLAR INCIDENCE
  • CLOUD BASE PRESSURE
  • CLOUD INFRARED EMISSIVITY
  • CLOUD LAYER AREA
  • CLOUD OVERLAP
  • CLOUD PARTICLE PHASE
  • EOSDIS
  • ICE PARTICLE DIAMETER
  • ICE WATER PATH
  • LIQUID WATER PATH
  • LONGWAVE FLUX
  • NET FLUX
  • SHORTWAVE FLUX
  • SOLAR INCIDENCE
  • SURFACE (RADIATIVE) FLUX
  • SURFACE TYPES
  • TOA FLUX
  • VERTICLE ASPECT RATIO
  • VISIBLE OPTICAL DEPTH
  • WATER PARTICLE RADIUS
Data Distribution

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Spatial Information

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

GLOBAL
Temporal Information

Temporal Coverage: 2002-07-01 - 2005-10-31
Temporal Resolution: Monthly
Platforms

Earth Observation Satellites
AQUA
Earth Observing System, AQUA
CERES SCANNER
Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System Scanner
CERES-FM4
Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System - Flight Model 4
CERES-FM3
Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System - Flight Model 3
TRMM
Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission
CERES SCANNER
Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System Scanner
CERES-PFM
Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System - Prototype Flight Model
TERRA
Earth Observing System, TERRA (AM-1)
CERES-FM1
Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System - Flight Model 1
CERES SCANNER
Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System Scanner
CERES-FM2
Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System - Flight Model 2
Metadata Dates

Created on 2013-12-23
Last updated on 2015-09-29