The Clouds Optically Gridded by Stereo value-added product (COGS VAP) is now in production for the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility’s Southern Great Plains (SGP) atmospheric observatory.
COGS provides a four-dimensional (4D) map of cloudiness, which is generated from multiview stereo reconstruction using a ring of stereo cameras at the SGP. The VAP also includes a vertically projected cloud fraction and cloud base height estimate. These data are useful for studying the life cycles and macrophysical attributes of shallow cumulus clouds.
COGS is produced by stitching together three-dimensional (3D) reconstructed cloud points from the SGP’s three pairs of stereo cameras. It covers a 6-by-6-by-6-kilometer region of the SGP Central Facility centered at the position of the Doppler lidar. The grid resolution is 50 meters in horizontal and vertical directions and 20 seconds in time.
The images and cloud point data used to generate COGS are also available in the ARM Data Center as the Point Cloud of Cloud Points (PCCP) VAP.
To cite the COGS data, please use doi:10.5439/1877293.# # #
ARM is a DOE Office of Science user facility operated by nine DOE national laboratories.