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MODIS Cloud Products Derived from Terra and Aqua During CRYSTAL-FACEThe Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), developed as part of the Earth Observing System (EOS) and launched on Terra in December 1999 and Aqua in May 2002, is designed to meet the scientific needs for satellite remote sensing of clouds, aerosols, water vapor, and land and ocean surface properties. During the CRYSTAL-FACE experiment, numerous aircraft coordinated both in situ and remote sensing observations with the Terra and Aqua spacecraft. In this paper we will emphasize the optical, microphysical, and physical properties of both liquid water and ice clouds obtained from an analysis of the satellite observations over Florida and the Gulf of Mexico during July 2002. We will present the frequency distribution of liquid water and ice cloud microphysical properties throughout the region, separating the results over land and ocean. Probability distributions of effective radius and cloud optical thickness will also be shown.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
King, Michael D.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Platnick, S.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Riedi, J. C.
(Universite des Sciences et Techniques de Lille Flandres Artois Villeneuve D'Ascq, France)
Ackerman, S. A.
(Wisconsin Univ. Madison, WI, United States)
Menzel, W. P.
(National Environmental Satellite Service Madison, WI, United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2003
Subject Category
Meteorology And Climatology
Meeting Information
Meeting: EGS-AGU-EUG Joint Assembly
Location: Nice
Country: France
Start Date: April 7, 2003
End Date: April 11, 2003
Sponsors: American Geophysical Union, European Union of Geosciences, European Geophysical Society
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