Measurement : Cloud base height

For a given cloud or cloud layer, the lowest level of the atmosphere where cloud properties are detectable.

Categories
Cloud Properties

Instruments

The above measurement is considered scientifically relevant for the following instruments. Refer to the datastream (netcdf) file headers of each instrument for a list of all available measurements, including those recorded for diagnostic or quality assurance purposes.

  • ARM Instruments
    • BLC : Belfort Laser Ceilometer
    • IRSI : Infra-Red Sky Imager
    • MPL : Micropulse Lidar
    • MWRP : Microwave Radiometer Profiler
    • RL : Raman Lidar
    • VCEIL : Vaisala Ceilometer
  • External Instruments
    • NOAASURF : NOAA Surface Meteorology Data, collected by NWS and NCDC
    • NCEPGFS : National Centers for Environment Prediction Global Forecast System
    • RUC : Rapid Update Cycle Model Data
  • Field Campaign Instruments
    • AERIPLUS-UWISC : AERIPLUS-University of Wisconsin
    • CO2LIDAR : Carbon Dioxide Doppler Lidar
    • CEIL-UMIAMI : Ceilometer(University of Miami)
    • CIR : Cloud Infrared Radiometer
    • IRSI : Infra-Red Sky Imager
    • MIRAI : JAMSTEC Research Vessel Mirai
    • MPL : Micropulse Lidar
    • MPL-AIR : Micropulse Lidar- Airborne
    • MWRP : Microwave Radiometer Profiler
    • LBTM-MINNIS : Minnis Cloud Products Using LBTM Algorithm
    • VISST : Minnis Cloud Products Using Visst Algorithm
    • RONBROWN : NOAA Research Vessel Ron Brown
    • NOAASURF : NOAA Surface Meteorology Data, collected by NWS and NCDC
    • NAWX : NRC Airborne W and X Band Radar
    • MPLNOR : Normalized Backscatter Profiles from the Micropulse Lidar
    • PARSL : PNNL's Atmospheric Remote Sensing Laboratory
    • MMCR94PSU : Penn State 94GHz MMCR
    • RLPROF : Raman LIDAR Vertical Profiles
    • RL : Raman Lidar
    • MMCR94MIAMI : University of Miami 94GHz MMCR
    • VCEIL : Vaisala Ceilometer

Value-Added Products

Datastreams

  • NOAASURF : NOAA Surface Meteorology Data, collected by NWS and NCDC Datastreams
    • 60NWSSURF : National Weather Service (NWS) surface meteorology data: 60-minute averages
  • RUC : Rapid Update Cycle Model Data Datastreams
    • ALLRUC20ISOB : Rapid Update Cycle (RUC) model: isobaric main analysis data, 20-km resolution
    • ALLRUC40ISOB : Rapid Update Cycle (RUC) model: isobaric main analysis data, 40-km resolution
    • RUC20ISOB : Rapid Update Cycle (RUC) model: daily isobaric analysis data, 20 km resolution
    • SYNRUC20ISOB : Rapid Update Cycle (RUC) model: isobaric output, 20 km grid, averaged to 40 km
  • BLC : Belfort Laser Ceilometer Datastreams
    • BLC : Belfort Laser Ceilometer (BLC): 30-s avgs of cloud base heights at up to 3 levels
    • BLCPROF : Belfort Laser Ceilometer (BLC): profiles
  • MPL : Micropulse Lidar Datastreams
    • MPL : Micropulse Lidar (MPL): cloud base and top heights
    • MPLPOL : Micropulse Lidar (MPL) polarized: cloud base and top heights
    • MPLPOLFS : Micropulse Lidar (MPL) polarized, fast sampling: cloud base and top heights
    • MPLPS : Micropulse Lidar: polarization of atmosphere
  • MWRP : Microwave Radiometer Profiler Datastreams
    • MWRP : Microwave Radiometer data (MWR Profiles - QME), water vapor, temp, cloud liquid water, precip water retrievals
  • NCEPGFS : National Centers for Environment Prediction Global Forecast System Datastreams
  • VCEIL : Vaisala Ceilometer Datastreams
    • VCEIL25K : Vaisala Ceilometer (VCEIL): cloud base heights, 25,000 feet max range