To cite the data in publications: AIRS Science Team/Joao Texeira (2013),Aqua AIRS Pentad Quantization in Physical Units (AIRS-only),version 006, Greenbelt, MD, USA:NASA Goddard Earth Science Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC), Accessed Enter User Data Access Date at doi:10.5067/AQUA/AIRS/DATA333
AIRS/Aqua Level 3 pentad quantization product in physical units (AIRS Only).
The quantization products (QP) are distributional summaries derived from the Level-2 standard retrieval products (of swath type) to provide a more comprehensive set of statistical summaries than the traditional means and standard deviation. The QP products combine the Level 2 standard data parameters over grid cells of 5 x 5 deg spatial extent for temporal periods of five days. Pentads always start on the 1st, 6th, 11th, 16th, 21st, and 26th days of the month and may contain as few as 3 days of data or as much as 6 days. They preserve the multivariate distributional features of the original data and so provide a compressed data set that more accurately describes the disparate atmospheric states that is in the original Level-2 swath data set.
The geophysical parameters are: Air Temperature and Water Vapor profiles (11 levels/layers), Cloud fraction (vertical distribution).
(The Shortname for this product is AIRS3QP5)
Spatial Coverage: (90.0 N to -90.0 S; 180.0 E to -180.0 W)
Temporal Coverage: 2002-08-30 to Current
Data Resolution: Latitude Resolution: 5 degrees Longitude Resolution: 5 degrees Temporal Resolution: Once per 5 days