5 January 2005 A new AVHRR cloud climatology
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The NOAA/NESDIS Office of Research and Applications (ORA) has embarked on a pilot data stewardship project aimed at improving the data record from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR). One part of this larger project includes the generation of a new cloud climatology from the Extended AVHRR Pathfinder Atmospheres (PATMOS-x) data set. Included within the PATMOS-x data-stream is a full suite of cloud products including various cloud amounts. This paper compares the PATMOS-x cloud amount time series for all July data (1982-2004) to the cloud amount time series from the International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP) and University of Wisconsin High Resolution Infrared Sounder (UW/HIRS) data sets. The results indicate that the large intersatellite discontinuities in the total amount seen in the original PATMOS are reduced in PATMOS-x. The total cloud for July time series from PATMOS-x, UW/HIRS and PATMOS show little trend over the period studied but that ISCCP time series does indicate a continuous downward trend When comparing the time series of high cloud amount, it was that PATMOS-x shows no significant trend in high cloud from 20S to 20N.
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Andrew K. Heidinger, Andrew K. Heidinger, Mitchell D. Goldberg, Mitchell D. Goldberg, Dan Tarpley, Dan Tarpley, Aleksandar Jelenak, Aleksandar Jelenak, Michael J. Pavolonis, Michael J. Pavolonis, } "A new AVHRR cloud climatology", Proc. SPIE 5658, Applications with Weather Satellites II, (5 January 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.579047; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.579047


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