VAP : Active Remotely-Sensed Cloud Locations (ARSCL)

Instrument Categories
Cloud Properties

The Active Remote Sensing of Clouds (ARSCL) VAP combines data from active remote sensors to produce an objective determination of hydrometeor height distributions and estimates of their radar reflectivities, vertical velocities, and Doppler spectral widths, which are optimized for accuracy. These data provide fundamental information for retrieving cloud microphysical properties and assessing the radiative effects of clouds on climate.

For more details, click The ARM Millimeter Wave Cloud Radars (MMCRs)and the Active Remote Sensing of Clouds (ARSCL) Value Added Product (VAP).

Output Products

  • arscl1cloth : ARSCL: multiple outputs from first Clothiaux algorithms on Vaisala or Belfort ceilometers, Micropulse lidar, and MMCR
  • arsclbnd1cloth : ARSCL: cloud boundaries from first Clothiaux algorithms on Vaisala or Belfort ceilometers, Micropulse lidar, and MMCR
  • arsclcbh1cloth : ARSCL: cloud base height from first Clothiaux algorithms on Vaisala or Belfort ceilometers, Micropulse lidar, and MMCR
  • mplcmask1cloth : MPL: cloud mask using the first Clothiaux, et al algorithm
  • mplsmask1cloth : MPL: "significance" mask using the first Clothiaux, et al algorithm
  • rhbarscl1cloth : ARSCL: multiple outputs from first Clothiaux algorithms, Ron Brown ship, Nauru

Primary Measurements

The following measurements are those considered scientifically relevant.

Locations

North Slope Alaska
NSAC1 Browse DataCentral Facility, Barrow AK
Southern Great Plains
SGPC1 Browse DataCentral Facility, Lamont, OK
Tropical Western Pacific
TWPC1 Browse Data Browse PlotsCentral Facility, Manus I., PNG
TWPC2 Browse Data Browse PlotsCentral Facility, Nauru Island
TWPC3 Browse Data Browse PlotsCentral Facility, Darwin, Australia
TWPX1 Browse DataExternal Data (satellites and others)

Contact(s)

Karen Johnson
Developer
(631) 344-5952
kjohnson@bnl.gov

Michael Jensen
Translator
(631) 344-7021
mjensen@bnl.gov