visst: Minnis Cloud Products Using Visst Algorithm
General Data DescriptionThese data streams contain satellite based retrievals of cloud and radiation properties by Pat Minnis' group at NASA/Langley using the VISST (Visible Infrared Solar-Infrared Split Window Technique) algorithm. The data streams are both pixel-level (4-km) retrievals and gridded area averages on a 0.3 or 0.5 degree latitude-longitude grid.
These data streams replace earlier satellite based retrievals that were based on the Layered Bispectral Threshold Method (LBTM).
The group at NASA/Langley produces additional products, which can be found on their website, NASA/Langley Cloud and Radiation Research (Minnis Group) Home Page
Measurement DescriptionNASA-Langley cloud and radiation products are produced using the VISST (Visible Infrared Solar-infrared Split-Window Technique), SIST (Solar-infrared Infrared Split-Window Technique) and SINT (Solar-infrared Infrared Near-Infrared Technique). The technique uses satellite (e.g. GOES, MTSAT, AVHRR) channels to detect clouds and retrieve cloud microphysics. Parameters derived include cloud phase, optical depth, particle size, liquid/ice water path, height, temperature, and others.
A description of the algorithm was presented at the 2002 ARM Science Team Meeting (see Citable References).
Temporal CoverageAs of 2015-04-06:
- VISST-derived gridded and pixel-level products from satellite GOES8: 1998-05/2003-03
VISST-derived gridded and pixel-level products from satellite GOES10: 2003-04/2006-06
VISST-derived gridded and pixel-level products from satellite GOES11: 2006-06/2011-11.
VISST-derived gridded and pixel-level products from satellite GOES13: 2011-12/2012-09-23 and 20130101-present
VISST-derived gridded and pixel-level products from satellite GOES15: 2012-09-24-20121231.
- VISST-derived gridded and pixel-level products from satellite MTSAT covering Darwin, Manus and Nauru: 2006-01/02. 2007-10/12, 2008-01/04
VISST-derived gridded products from satellite MTSAT covering the entire TWP domain: 2007-10/12. 20080101-20080430
VISST-derived gridded and pixel-level products from satellite GOES9 covering Darwin, Manus and Nauru: 2003-05/2005-10
VISST-derived gridded products from satellite GOES9 covering the entire TWP domain: 2003-05 - 200501-10
- M/PACE: 2004-09-27/2004-10-24, Please visit MPACE Field Campaign data archive
Planned extension to full year from 2004-03 to 2005-02 for BBHRP validation needs.
Area CoveredThe areas covered are:
- 32N-42N, 91W-105W
- Darwin: 5S-17S, 125E-136E
Manus: 1.5S-2.5S, 147E-148E
Nauru: 0-1S, 166.5E-167.5E
Entire TWP Domain: 10N-20S,120E-180
- 64N-74N, 140W-165W
Data Stream Inputsnone
Notification Form LinkVISST Notification Form
Related LinksNASA/Langley Cloud and Radiation Research (Minnis Group) Home Page
Satellite Imagery and Cloud Products produced by Minnis Group
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associateBrookhaven National Laboratory
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TranslatorLawrence Livermore National Laboratory
InstitutionNASA/Langley Cloud and Radiation Research (Minnis Group)
- Initial release of new netCDF file generation procedure.
- The two datastreams(sgpvisstgridg11v3minnisX1.c1 and sgpvisstpx04g11v3minnisX1.c1) from 200606-201105 have been reprocessed to reflect the changes of new narrowband-to-broadband TOA flux conversion.
- The two new datastreams(sgpvisstgridg11v4minnisX1.c1 and sgpvisstpx04g11v4minnisX1.c1) covering 20110701-present became available. Here is a summary of changes from V3 to V4 sent from Mandy. "The changes in the algorithm from v3 to v4 involve a number of minor, constantly evolving issues such as visible calibration etc. The major improvements included in this upgrade are: 1) improved models accounting for the roughness of ice crystals, which should improve derived ice cloud properties 2) improved clear sky maps, especially over snow-covered surfaces 3) improved cloud mask, including improvements during twilight (SZA ~82-90 degrees). "
Data User NotesGridded results from the *visstgrid*minnisX1.c1.* datastreams, mainly during 2006-2013, may have been impacted by a memory allocation error, causing erroneous values in a few percent of regions for the following variables:
Example DataSee Satellite Imagery and Cloud Products produced by Minnis Group.
Quicklook LinksSee Satellite Imagery and Cloud Products produced by Minnis Group.
|AVHRR||Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer|
|GOES||Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite|
|LBTM||Layered Bispectral Threshold Method|
|MTSAT||Multi-functional Transport SATellite|
|SINT||Solar-infrared Infrared Near-Infrared Technique|
|SIST||Solar-infrared Infrared Split-Window Technique|
|VISST||Visible Infrared Solar-Infrared Split Window Technique|
Citable ReferencesMinnis, P., S. Sun-Mack, D. F. Young, P. W. Heck, D. P. Garber, Y. Chen, D. A. Spangenberg, R. F. Arduini, Q. Z. Trepte, W. L. Smith, Jr., J. K. Ayers, S. C. Gibson, W. F. Miller, V. Chakrapani, Y. Takano, K.-N. Liou, Y. Xie, and P. Yang, 2011: CERES Edition-2 cloud property retrievals using TRMM VIRS and Terra and Aqua MODIS data, Part I: Algorithms . IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., 49, 11, 4374-4400.
Minnis, P., L. Nguyen, R. Palikonda, P. W. Heck, D. A. Spangenberg, D. R. Doelling, J. K. Ayers, W. L. Smith, Jr., M. M. Khaiyer, Q. Z. Trepte, L. A. Avey, F.-L. Chang, C. R. Yost, T. L. Chee, and S. Sun-Mack, 2008: Near-real time cloud retrievals from operational and research meteorological satellites . Proc. SPIE Europe Remote Sens. 2008, Cardiff, Wales, UK, 15-18 September, 7107-2, 8 pp.