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Cloud Properties Derived From GOES-7 for Spring 1994 ARM Intensive Observing Period Using Version 1.0.0 of ARM Satellite Data Analysis ProgramThis document describes the initial formulation (Version 1.0.0) of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program satellite data analysis procedures. Techniques are presented for calibrating geostationary satellite data with Sun synchronous satellite radiances and for converting narrowband radiances to top-of-the-atmosphere fluxes and albedos. A methodology is documented for combining geostationary visible and infrared radiances with surface-based temperature observations to derive cloud amount, optical depth, height, thickness, temperature, and albedo. The analysis is limited to two grids centered over the ARM Southern Great Plains central facility in north-central Oklahoma. Daytime data taken during 5 Apr. - 1 May 1994, were analyzed on the 0.3 deg and 0.5 deg latitude-longitude grids that cover areas of 0.9 deg x 0.9 deg and 10 deg x 14 deg, respectively. Conditions ranging from scattered low cumulus to thin cirrus and thick cumulonimbus occurred during the study period. Detailed comparisons with hourly surface observations indicate that the mean cloudiness is within a few percent of the surface-derived sky cover. Formats of the results are also provided. The data can be accessed through the World Wide Web computer network.
Document ID
Document Type
Other - NASA Reference Publication (RP)
Minnis, Patrick (NASA Hampton, VA United States)
Smith, William L., Jr. (Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. Hampton, VA United States)
Garber, Donald P. (Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. Hampton, VA United States)
Ayers, J. Kirk (Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. Hampton, VA United States)
Doelling, David R. (Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. Hampton, VA United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 1995
Subject Category
Meteorology and Climatology
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.61:1366
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 146-90-04-49
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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