FIRE Level 2
Entry Title: First ISCCP Regional Experiment (FIRE) Marine Stratocumulus NASA ER-2 Cloud Lidar System Data

Entry ID: FIRE_MS_ER2_LIDAR_1
Aerosols Clouds Radiation Budget Field Campaigns
Description

The First ISCCP Regional Experiments have been designed to improve data products and cloud/radiation parameterizations used in general circulation models (GCMs). Specifically, the goals of FIRE are (1) to seek the basic understanding of the interaction of physical processes in determining life cycles of cirrus and marine stratocumulus systems and the radiative properties of these clouds during their life cycles and (2) to investigate the interrelationships between ISCCP data, GCM parameterizations, and higher space and time resolution cloud data. To-date, four intensive field-observation periods were planned and executed: a cirrus IFO (October 13 - November 2, 1986); a marine stratocumulus IFO off the southwestern coast of California (June 29 - July 20, 1987); a second cirrus IFO in southeastern Kansas (November 13 - December 7, 1991); and a second marine stratocumulus IFO in the eastern North Atlantic Ocean (June 1 - June 28, 1992). Each mission combined coordinated satellite, airborne, and surface observations with modeling studies to investigate the cloud properties and physical processes of the cloud systems. This data set contains cloud top height and ground height calculations from the NASA ER-2 Cloud Lidar System (CLS). These data were collected during the FIRE Marine Stratocumulus experiment in July 1987; the parameters collected included time, position, and plane height. Undetected cloud tops and ground heights are signified by values of -9.9 after decoding.

DOI

10.5067/ASDC_DAAC/FIRE/0127

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Resources and Documentation

Earthdata Forum

DOWNLOAD SOFTWARE

FIRE I-Cirrus Read Software Package - Direct File Download (.tar)

FIRE I-Extended-Time-Observation Read Software Package - Direct File Download (.tar)

FIRE II-ASTEX Read Software Package - Direct File Download (.tar)

FIRE II-Cirrus Read Software Package - Direct File Download (.tar)

FIRE III Read Software Package - Direct File Download (.tar)

EXTENDED METADATA

LIDARFIR - Cloud top heights from airborne lidar (tape files table)

FIRE_MS_ER2_LIDAR_1 data table

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Keywords

From GCMD Science Keywords:
  • STATION HEIGHT
  • CLOUD HEIGHT > CLOUD PROPERTIES
  • CLOUD TYPES
  • Cloud Lidar System (CLS) Lidar
  • Cloud Top Height
  • Ground Height
Data Distribution

File Format(s):

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Spatial Information

spatial-coverage-map
Spatial Coverage: (30.3, 39.86), (-124.97, -118.37)
Spatial Coverage Type: Horizontal
Vertical Resolution: 75 m Vertical
Coordinate System: Geodetic
Granule Spatial Representation: Geodetic
Locations

PACIFIC OCEAN NORTH AMERICA MID-LATITUDE BOUNDARY LAYER STRATOSPHERE TROPOSPHERE CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CONTINENT
Temporal Information

Temporal Coverage: 1987-07-08 - 1987-07-18
Temporal Resolution: 2 to 4 Hours
Platforms

Aircraft
T-39
Rockwell Sabreliner T-39
LIDAR
Light Detection and Ranging
Metadata Dates

Created on 1999-10-26
Last updated on 2019-10-25