Articles | Volume 15, issue 6
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-15-2483-2023
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-15-2483-2023
Data description paper
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14 Jun 2023
Data description paper |  | 14 Jun 2023

Updated observations of clouds by MODIS for global model assessment

Robert Pincus, Paul A. Hubanks, Steven Platnick, Kerry Meyer, Robert E. Holz, Denis Botambekov, and Casey J. Wall

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This paper describes a new global dataset of cloud properties observed by a specific satellite program created to facilitate comparison with a matching observational proxy used in climate models. Statistics are accumulated over daily and monthly timescales on an equal-angle grid. Statistics include cloud detection, cloud-top pressure, and cloud optical properties. Joint histograms of several variable pairs are also available.
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