Radiances and Cloud Analyses
Goes Dwell Soundings
The Stennis Project: Contract #NASA 13-7192
A central issue for Mission to Planet Earth is the treatment of cloudiness in relation to both radiation and water vapor in Global Climate Models (GCMs). However, coordinated data sets, which effectively constrain the choices open to GCM modelers in all three areas of uncertainty, have been largely lacking. Radiance measurements from satellites provide, in principle, simultaneous information regarding water vapor, cloudiness, and their effects on the outgoing radiation at the top of the atmosphere on the space and time scales that are relevant to a GCM.
Phase 1 of this project produced a prototype
Product Set in a combination
HTML and HDF-EOS format, based upon 7 days of data in May
1988 from the Visible/Infrared Spin Scan Radiometer (VISSR) Atmospheric Sounder
(VAS) aboard the U.S. Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites
DATA IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE ONLINE - PLEASE CONTACT Denise Laitsch
Phase 2 is expected to produce as similar Product Set covering the 11 years 1985-1995 for which data is available in the GOES/VAS archive.