Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System

The Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (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 latest CERES instrument (FM5) was launched on board the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite on October 28, 2011.

The newest instrument (FM6) is one of five that launched Nov. 18, 2017 on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System 1 (JPSS-1), which opened its covers on Jan. 05, 2018. The release of instrument and ERBElike data from FM6 occurred in June 2018. Read the full article:   "'First Light' Images from FM6 Earth-observing Instrument"

Disciplines:  
Collection Disciplines Spatial Temporal
CERES_EBAF-Surface_Edition2.8
CERES EBAF-Surface Level 3B Edition 2.8
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Longitude Resolution:
1 degree
Latitude Resolution:
1 degree
Horizontal Resolution Range:
100 km - < 250 km or approximately 1 degree - < 2.5 degrees
Temporal Coverage:
2000-03-01 - 2017-02-28
Temporal Resolution Range:
Monthly - < Annual
Temporal Resolution:
Monthly
CERES_EBAF-TOA_Edition2.8
CERES EBAF-TOA Level 3B Edition 2.8
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Longitude Resolution:
1 degree
Latitude Resolution:
1 degree
Temporal Coverage:
2000-03-01 - 2017-02-28
Temporal Resolution Range:
Monthly Climatology
Temporal Resolution:
Monthly climatology
Collection Disciplines Spatial Temporal
CER_SSF1deg-Day_Aqua-MODIS_Edition3A
CERES Time-Interpolated TOA Fluxes, Clouds and Aerosols Daily Aqua Edition3A
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Temporal Coverage:
2002-07-01 - 2017-02-28
Temporal Resolution Range:
Hourly - < Daily
Temporal Resolution:
Daily
CER_AVG_Aqua-FM3-MODIS_Edition2B_2B
CERES Monthly Regional Radiative Fluxes and Clouds Aqua FM3 Edition2B
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Temporal Coverage:
2002-07-01 - 2005-10-31
Temporal Resolution Range:
Monthly - < Annual
Temporal Resolution:
Monthly
CER_ES4_Terra-Xtrk_Edition3
CERES ERBE-like Time-Interpolated TOA Fluxes Terra-Xtrk Edition3
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Longitude Resolution:
2.5 degrees
Latitude Resolution:
2.5 degres
Horizontal Resolution Range:
250 km - < 500 km or approximately 2.5 degrees - < 5.0 degrees
Temporal Coverage:
2000-03-01 - 2017-03-31
Temporal Resolution Range:
Monthly - < Annual
Temporal Resolution:
Months
CER_FSW_Aqua-FM3-MODIS_Edition2B
CERES Monthly Gridded Single Satellite Fluxes and Clouds Aqua FM3 Edition2B
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Horizontal Resolution Range:
100 km - < 250 km or approximately 1 degree - < 2.5 degrees
Temporal Coverage:
2002-07-01 - 2006-04-30
Temporal Resolution Range:
Monthly - < Annual
Temporal Resolution:
Monthly
CER_SYN1deg-M3Hour_Terra-Aqua-MODIS_Edition3A
CERES and GEO-Enhanced TOA, Within-Atmosphere and Surface Fluxes, Clouds and Aerosols Monthly 3-Hourly Terra-Aqua Edition3A
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Horizontal Resolution Range:
100 km - < 250 km or approximately 1 degree - < 2.5 degrees
Temporal Coverage:
2002-07-01 - 2017-02-28
Temporal Resolution Range:
Monthly - < Annual
Temporal Resolution:
Monthly/3Hourly
CER_SSF1deg-Month_Terra-MODIS_Edition3A
CER_SSF1deg-Month_Terra-MODIS_Edition3A
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Temporal Coverage:
2000-03-01 - 2017-02-28
Temporal Resolution Range:
Hourly - < Daily
Temporal Resolution:
Hourly
CER_SYN1deg-3Hour_Terra-Aqua-MODIS_Edition3A
CERES and GEO-Enhanced TOA, Within-Atmosphere and Surface Fluxes, Clouds and Aerosols 3-Hourly Terra-Aqua Edition3A
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Horizontal Resolution Range:
100 km - < 250 km or approximately 1 degree - < 2.5 degrees
Temporal Coverage:
2002-07-01 - 2017-02-28
Temporal Resolution Range:
Monthly - < Annual
Temporal Resolution:
3 Hourly
CER_ISCCP-D2like-Mrg_GEO-MODIS_Edition3A_3A
CERES MODIS and GEO Cloud Retrievals in ISCCP-D2like Format Edition2A
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Longitude Resolution:
1 degree
Latitude Resolution:
1 degree
Horizontal Resolution Range:
100 km - < 250 km or approximately 1 degree - < 2.5 degrees
Temporal Coverage:
2002-07-01 - 2016-11-01
Temporal Resolution Range:
Monthly - < Annual
Temporal Resolution:
Monthly-3Hourly/Monthly
CER_FSW_Aqua-FM3-MODIS_Edition2C
CERES Monthly Gridded Single Satellite Fluxes and Clouds Aqua FM3 Edition2C
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Horizontal Resolution Range:
100 km - < 250 km or approximately 1 degree - < 2.5 degrees
Temporal Coverage:
2006-05-01 - 2007-12-31
Temporal Resolution Range:
Monthly - < Annual
Temporal Resolution:
Monthly
CER_SFC_Aqua-MODIS_Edition3A
CERES Gridded Instantaneous TOA/Surface Fluxes, Clouds and Aerosols Aqua Edition3A
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Horizontal Resolution Range:
100 km - < 250 km or approximately 1 degree - < 2.5 degrees
Temporal Coverage:
2002-07-01 - 2017-02-28
Temporal Resolution Range:
Hourly - < Daily
Temporal Resolution:
Monthly
CER_SYN1deg-3Hour_Terra-MODIS_Edition3A
CERES and GEO-Enhanced TOA, Within-Atmosphere and Surface Fluxes, Clouds and Aerosols 3-Hourly Terra Edition3A
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Horizontal Resolution Range:
100 km - < 250 km or approximately 1 degree - < 2.5 degrees
Temporal Coverage:
2000-03-01 - 2002-06-30
Temporal Resolution Range:
Monthly - < Annual
Temporal Resolution:
3 Hourly
CER_SYN1deg-Day_Terra-Aqua-MODIS_Edition3A
CERES SYN1deg Observed Radiative Fluxes and Clouds with Computed Profile Fluxes Day Edition3A
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Horizontal Resolution Range:
100 km - < 250 km or approximately 1 degree - < 2.5 degrees
Temporal Coverage:
2000-03-01 - 2013-05-01
Temporal Resolution Range:
Monthly - < Annual
Temporal Resolution:
Daily
CER_SYN1deg-Month_Terra-Aqua-MODIS_Edition3A
CERES and GEO-Enhanced TOA, Within-Atmosphere and Surface Fluxes, Clouds and Aerosols Monthly Terra-Aqua Edition3A
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Longitude Resolution:
1 degree
Latitude Resolution:
1 degree
Horizontal Resolution Range:
100 km - < 250 km or approximately 1 degree - < 2.5 degrees
Temporal Coverage:
2002-07-01 - 2017-02-28
Temporal Resolution Range:
Monthly - < Annual
Temporal Resolution:
Month
CER_ES4_Aqua-Xtrk_Edition3
CERES ERBE-like Time-Interpolated TOA Fluxes Aqua-Xtrk Edition3
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Longitude Resolution:
2.5 degrees
Latitude Resolution:
2.5 degrees
Horizontal Resolution Range:
250 km - < 500 km or approximately 2.5 degrees - < 5.0 degrees
Temporal Coverage:
2002-07-01 - 2017-03-31
Temporal Resolution Range:
Monthly - < Annual
Temporal Resolution:
Months
CER_ES9_Terra-Xtrk_Edition3
CERES ERBE-like Gridded Instantaneous TOA Fluxes Terra-Xtrk Edition3
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Longitude Resolution:
2.5 degrees
Latitude Resolution:
2.5 degrees
Horizontal Resolution Range:
250 km - < 500 km or approximately 2.5 degrees - < 5.0 degrees
Temporal Coverage:
2000-03-01 - 2017-03-31
Temporal Resolution Range:
Monthly - < Annual
Temporal Resolution:
month
FLASH_TISA_Terra+Aqua_Version3B
FLASHFlux Daily Gridded Single Satellite TOA and Surfaces/Clouds data in HDF Version 3B
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Horizontal Resolution Range:
100 km - < 250 km or approximately 1 degree - < 2.5 degrees
Temporal Coverage:
2016-12-01 - 2016-12-03
Temporal Resolution Range:
Daily - < Weekly
Temporal Resolution:
Hourly
CER_ES9_Aqua-Xtrk_Edition3
CERES ERBE-like Gridded Instantaneous TOA Fluxes Aqua-Xtrk Edition3
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Longitude Resolution:
2.5 degree
Latitude Resolution:
2.5 degree
Horizontal Resolution Range:
250 km - < 500 km or approximately 2.5 degrees - < 5.0 degrees
Temporal Coverage:
2002-07-01 - 2017-03-31
Temporal Resolution Range:
Monthly - < Annual
Temporal Resolution:
Month
CER_SFC_Terra-MODIS_Edition3A
CERES Gridded Instantaneous TOA/Surface Fluxes, Clouds and Aerosols Terra Edition3A
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Horizontal Resolution Range:
100 km - < 250 km or approximately 1 degree - < 2.5 degrees
Temporal Coverage:
2000-03-01 - 2017-02-28
Temporal Resolution Range:
Hourly - < Daily
Temporal Resolution:
Monthly
CER_SSF1deg-Day_Terra-MODIS_Edition3A
CERES Time-Interpolated TOA Fluxes, Clouds and Aerosols Daily Terra Edition3A
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Temporal Coverage:
2000-03-01 - 2017-02-28
Temporal Resolution Range:
Hourly - < Daily
Temporal Resolution:
Daily
CER_SSF1deg-Month_Aqua-MODIS_Edition3A
CERES Time-Interpolated TOA Fluxes, Clouds and Aerosols Monthly Aqua Edition3A
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Temporal Coverage:
2002-07-01 - 2017-02-28
Temporal Resolution Range:
Hourly - < Daily
Temporal Resolution:
Hourly
CER_SYN1deg-M3Hour_Terra-MODIS_Edition3A
CERES and GEO-Enhanced TOA, Within-Atmosphere and Surface Fluxes, Clouds and Aerosols Monthly 3-Hourly Terra Edition3A
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Horizontal Resolution Range:
100 km - < 250 km or approximately 1 degree - < 2.5 degrees
Temporal Coverage:
2000-03-01 - 2002-06-30
Temporal Resolution Range:
Monthly - < Annual
Temporal Resolution:
Monthly/3Hourly
CER_SYN1deg-Month_Terra-MODIS_Edition3A
CERES and GEO-Enhanced TOA, Within-Atmosphere and Surface Fluxes, Clouds and Aerosols Monthly Terra Edition3A
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Longitude Resolution:
1 degree
Latitude Resolution:
1 degree
Horizontal Resolution Range:
100 km - < 250 km or approximately 1 degree - < 2.5 degrees
Temporal Coverage:
2000-03-01 - 2002-06-30
Temporal Resolution Range:
Monthly - < Annual
Temporal Resolution:
month
Collection Disciplines Spatial Temporal
FLASH_SSF_Aqua-FM3-MODIS_Version3B
CERES FLASHFlux Rapid Release Nominally Calibrated Footprint Radiative Fluxes and Clouds Aqua FM3 Version3B
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Horizontal Resolution Range:
100 km - < 250 km or approximately 1 degree - < 2.5 degrees
Temporal Coverage:
2013-10-30 - 2017-01-01
Temporal Resolution Range:
< 1 second
Temporal Resolution:
Hourly
CER_CRS_Aqua-FM3-MODIS_Edition2A_2A
CERES Clouds and Radiative Swath Aqua-FM3 Edition2A
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Temporal Coverage:
2002-07-02 - 2005-12-31
Temporal Resolution Range:
Hourly - < Daily
Temporal Resolution:
Hourly
CER_CRS_Terra-FM1-MODIS_Edition2A_2A
CERES Clouds and Radiative Swath Terra FM1 Edition2A
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Temporal Coverage:
2000-05-01 - 2001-12-31
Temporal Resolution Range:
Hourly - < Daily
Temporal Resolution:
Hourly
CER_ES8_Terra-FM2_Edition3
CERES ERBE-like Instantaneous TOA Estimates Terra FM2 Edition3
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Temporal Coverage:
2000-02-29 - 2017-03-31
Temporal Resolution Range:
Daily - < Weekly
Temporal Resolution:
Daily
CER_ES8_Aqua-FM4_Edition3
CERES ERBE-like Instantaneous TOA Estimates Aqua FM4 Edition3
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Temporal Coverage:
2002-06-18 - 2012-09-30
Temporal Resolution Range:
Daily - < Weekly
Temporal Resolution:
Daily
CER_SSF_Terra-FM1-MODIS_Edition3A
CERES Single Scanner Footprint (SSF) TOA/Surface Fluxes, Clouds and Aerosols Terra-FM1 Edition3A
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Temporal Coverage:
2000-03-01 - 2017-03-01
Temporal Resolution Range:
Hourly - < Daily
Temporal Resolution:
Hourly
CER_SSF_Aqua-FM3-MODIS_Edition3A
CERES Single Scanner Footprint (SSF) TOA/Surface Fluxes, Clouds and Aerosols Aqua-FM3 Edition3A
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Temporal Coverage:
2002-07-02 - 2017-03-01
Temporal Resolution Range:
Hourly - < Daily
Temporal Resolution:
Hourly
CER_ES8_Aqua-FM3_Edition3
CERES ERBE-like Footprint TOA Fluxes (ES8) Aqua-FM3 Edition3
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Temporal Coverage:
2002-06-18 - 2017-03-31
Temporal Resolution Range:
Daily - < Weekly
Temporal Resolution:
Daily
CER_ES8_Terra-FM1_Edition3
CERES ERBE-like Instantaneous TOA Estimates Terra FM1 Edition3
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Temporal Coverage:
2000-02-29 - 2017-03-31
Temporal Resolution Range:
Daily - < Weekly
Temporal Resolution:
Daily
CER_SFC_TRMM-PFM-VIRS_Edition2B_2B
CERES Monthly Gridded Single Satellite TOA and Surface Fluxes/Clouds TRMM Edition2B
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-40,40), (-180,180)
Horizontal Resolution Range:
100 km - < 250 km or approximately 1 degree - < 2.5 degrees
Temporal Coverage:
1998-01-01 - 2000-03-31
Temporal Resolution Range:
Hourly - < Daily
Temporal Resolution:
Monthly
CER_SSF_Aqua-FM4-MODIS_Edition3A
CERES Single Scanner Footprint (SSF) TOA/Surface Fluxes, Clouds and Aerosols Aqua-FM4 Edition3A
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Temporal Coverage:
2002-07-02 - 2005-03-29
Temporal Resolution Range:
Hourly - < Daily
Temporal Resolution:
Hourly
CER_SSF_Terra-FM2-MODIS_Edition3A
CERES Single Scanner Footprint (SSF) TOA/Surface Fluxes, Clouds and Aerosols Terra-FM2 Edition3A
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Temporal Coverage:
2000-03-01 - 2016-05-31
Temporal Resolution Range:
Hourly - < Daily
Temporal Resolution:
Hourly
FLASH_SSF_Terra-FM1-MODIS_Version3B
FLASH_SSF_Terra-FM1-MODIS_Version3B
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Horizontal Resolution Range:
100 km - < 250 km or approximately 1 degree - < 2.5 degrees
Temporal Coverage:
2013-10-30 - 2016-12-31
Temporal Resolution Range:
< 1 second
Temporal Resolution:
Hourly
Collection Disciplines Spatial Temporal
CER_BDS_Aqua-FM3_Edition3
CERES Bidirectional Scans Aqua FM3 Edition3
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Temporal Coverage:
2002-06-18 - 2017-03-31
Temporal Resolution Range:
Daily - < Weekly
Temporal Resolution:
Daily
CER_BDS_Terra-FM1_Edition3
CERES Bidirectional Scans Terra FM1 Edition3
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Temporal Coverage:
2000-02-29 - 2017-03-31
Temporal Resolution Range:
Daily - < Weekly
Temporal Resolution:
Daily
CER_BDS_Aqua-FM4_Edition3
CERES Bidirectional Scans Aqua FM4 Edition3
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Temporal Coverage:
2002-06-18 - 2005-03-29
Temporal Resolution Range:
Daily - < Weekly
Temporal Resolution:
Daily
CER_BDS_Terra-FM2_Edition3
CERES Bidirectional Scans Terra FM2 Edition3
Clouds,  Radiation Budget Spatial Coverage:
(-90,90), (-180,180)
Temporal Coverage:
2000-02-29 - 2017-03-31
Temporal Resolution Range:
Daily - < Weekly
Temporal Resolution:
Daily