visst: Minnis Cloud Products Using Visst Algorithm

Satellite-based retrievals of cloud and radiation properties are available in this value-added product provided by Pat Minnis’ group at NASA/Langley using the VISST (Visible Infrared Solar-Infrared Split Window Technique) algorithm. These datastreams are both pixel-level (4-km) retrievals and averages on a 0.3 or 0.5 degree latitude-longitude grid and replace earlier satellite-based retrievals on the Layered Bispectral Threshold Method (LBTM).


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goes: Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites

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Tian J, X Dong, B Xi, P Minnis, W Smith, S Sun-Mack, M Thieman, and J Wang. 2018. "Comparisons of Ice Water Path in Deep Convective Systems Among Ground-Based, GOES, and CERES-MODIS Retrievals." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 123(3), 10.1002/2017JD027498.


Creamean JM, AP Ault, AB White, PJ Nieman, FM Ralph, P Minnis, and KA Prather. 2015. "Impact of interannual variations in sources of insoluble aerosol species on orographic precipitation over California's central Sierra Nevada." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15(11), 10.5194/acp-15-6535-2015.

Painemal D, P Minnis, and ML Nordeen. 2015. "Aerosol variability, synoptic-scale processes, and their link to the cloud microphysics over the northeast Pacific during MAGIC." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 120(10), 10.1002/2015jd023175.

Jones TA, DJ Stensrud, L Wicker, P Minnis, and R Palikonda. 2015. "Simultaneous Radar and Satellite Data Storm-Scale Assimilation Using an Ensemble Kalman Filter Approach for 24 May 2011." Monthly Weather Review, 143(1), 10.1175/mwr-d-14-00180.1.

Painemal D, K Xu, A Cheng, P Minnis, and R Palikonda. 2015. "Mean Structure and Diurnal Cycle of Southeast Atlantic Boundary Layer Clouds: Insights from Satellite Observations and Multiscale Modeling Framework Simulations." Journal of Climate, 28(1), 10.1175/jcli-d-14-00368.1.


Painemal D, P Minnis, and L O'Neill. 2013. "The diurnal cycle of cloud-top height and cloud cover over the Southeastern Pacific as observed by GOES-10." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 70, 10.1175/jas-d-12-0325.1.

Jones TA, DJ Stensrud, P Minnis, and R Palikonda. 2013. "Evaluation of a Forward Operator to Assimilate Cloud Water Path into WRF-DART." Monthly Weather Review, 141(7), 10.1175/mwr-d-12-00238.1.

Zhang Y and SA Klein. 2013. "Factors Controlling the Vertical Extent of Fair-Weather Shallow Cumulus Clouds over Land: Investigation of Diurnal-Cycle Observations Collected at the ARM Southern Great Plains Site." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 70(4), 10.1175/jas-d-12-0131.1.
Research Highlight

Mecikalski JR, P Minnis, and R Palikonda. 2013. "Use of satellite derived cloud properties to quantify growing cumulus beneath cirrus clouds." Atmospheric Research, 120-121, 10.1016/j.atmosres.2012.08.017.

Cremean J, K Suski, D Rosenfield, A Cazorla, PJ DeMott, RC Sullivan, AB White, FM Ralph, P Minnis, JM Comstock, JM Tomlinson, and KA Prather. 2013. "Dust and Biological Aerosols from the Sahara and Asia Influence Precipitation in the Western U.S." Science, 339(6127), 10.1126/science.1227279.

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