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MSLERLSTL3zm Version 1: Multi-Satellite Lambertian Equivalent Reflectivity (Local Satellite Time) Daily L3 Global 5.0deg Lat Zones

Data Citation

To cite the data in publications:
J.R. Herman, et al. (2012),Multi-Satellite Lambertian Equivalent Reflectivity (Local Satellite Time) Daily L3 Global 5.0deg Lat Zones,version 1, Greenbelt, MD, USA:Goddard Earth Science Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC), Accessed Enter User Data Access Date at doi:10.5067/MEASURES/MSLER/DATA301

Product Description

The Multi-Satellite Lambertian Equivalent Reflectivity (Local Satellite Time) Daily L3 Global 5.0deg Lat Zones data product (MSLERLSTL3zm) is derived from observations made by the Nimbus-7 SBUV, and NOAA 9, 11, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19 SBUV/2 instruments (340 nm), Nimbus-7 and Earth Probe TOMS (331 nm), OMI (340 nm) and SeaWiFS (412 nm) from 1978 to 2011. The Local Satellite Time (LST) data are uncorrected for the drift of the local equator crossing time of the spacecraft. The table below lists the date ranges for each instrument (note A = ascending node, D = descending node):

Instrument Start Date End Date
------------------ ---------- ----------
Nimbus-7 SBUV 1978-11-01 1990-06-21
NOAA-9 SBUV/2 (A) 1985-02-02 1991-09-03
NOAA-9 SBUV/2 (D) 1990-04-25 1997-05-31
NOAA-11 SBUV/2 (A) 1988-12-01 1995-03-31
NOAA-11 SBUV/2 (D) 1997-07-15 2001-03-26
NOAA-14 SBUV/2 (A) 1995-02-05 2002-09-11
NOAA-14 SBUV/2 (D) 2002-04-09 2006-09-28
NOAA-16 SBUV/2 (A) 2000-10-03 2009-09-15
NOAA-16 SBUV/2 (D) 2008-04-28 2012-12-31
NOAA-17 SBUV/2 2002-07-10 2012-12-31
NOAA-18 SBUV/2 2005-06-05 2012-12-12
Nimbus-7 TOMS 1978-11-01 1993-05-06
EarthProbe TOMS 1996-07-25 2004-06-21
Aura OMI 2005-01-01 2008-12-31
SeaStar SeaWiFS 1998-01-01 2008-12-30

The scene reflectivities of the Earth at blue and ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths (320 nm to 415 nm) are low over most surfaces (except ice and snow), and are almost independent of the seasonal changes in vegetation on land and in the oceans. This makes it ideal for examining changes in radiation reflected back to space from changes in cloud and aerosol amounts, especially as affected by the start of climate change.

The MSLERLSTL3zm data are archived in the HDF-EOS5 file format using the Zonal Average (ZA) model. The product consists of a single data fi ... View entire text

Product Summary

Short Name:    MSLERLSTL3zm

Long Name:    Multi-Satellite Lambertian Equivalent Reflectivity (Local Satellite Time) Daily L3 Global 5.0deg Lat Zones

DOI:    10.5067/MEASURES/MSLER/DATA301

Version:    1

Format    HDF-EOS5 (ZA)

Spatial Coverage:   (80.0 N to -80.0 S; 180.0 E to -180.0 W)

Temporal Coverage: 1978-11-02 to 2012-12-31



Data Resolution:
Latitude Resolution: 5 degrees
Temporal Resolution: Daily


File Size:    3.0 MB

Data Access

Data Service Name: ON-LINE ARCHIVE
Data Service Description: Access the data via anonymous FTP.
Data Service Access URL: ftp://measures.ecs.nasa.gov/data/s4pa/LER/MSLERLSTL3zm.1/

Data Service Name: MIRADOR
Data Service Description: Mirador is a search and download interface of data archived at the NASA GES DISC.
Data Service Access URL: http://mirador.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/mirador/homepageAlt.pl?keyword=MSLERLSTL3zm

Data Service Name: OPENDAP DATA (DODS)
Data Service Description: Access the data via the OPeNDAP protocol.
Data Service Access URL: http://measures.gsfc.nasa.gov:80/opendap/LER/MSLERLSTL3zm.1/MSLERLSTL3zm_v01-02-2013m0701t213456.he5.html

Data Service Name: THREDDS CATALOG
Data Service Description: Access the data using the THREDDS Catalog.
Data Service Access URL: http://measures.gsfc.nasa.gov/opendap/LER/MSLERLSTL3zm.1/catalog.xml

Data Service Name: REVERB
Data Service Description: Reverb, the ECHO client, allows one to search and retrieve data across multiple data archive centers.
Data Service Access URL: http://reverb.echo.nasa.gov/reverb/#utf8=%E2%9C%93&spatial_map=satellite&spatial_type=rectangle&keywords=GES_DISC_MSLERLSTL3zm_V1

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Product README

Global Change Master Directory Catalog Entry (GCMD DIF):
http://gcmd.gsfc.nasa.gov/getdif.htm?GES_DISC_MSLERLSTL3zm_V1


References

Herman, J.R., G. Labow, N.C. Hsu, and D. Larko2009Changes in cloud and aerosol cover (1998 - 2006) from reflectivity time series using SeaWiFS, N7 - TOMS, EP - TOMS, SBUV - 2, and OMI radiance dataJournal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres114D1American Geophysical Union10.1029/2007JD009508Herman, J.R., M.T. DeLand, L. - K. Huang, et al.2012A net decrease in the Earth's cloud plus aerosol reflectivity during the past 33 yr (1979–2011) and increased solar heating at the surfaceAtmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions12Copernicus GmbH31991-3203810.5194/acpd-12-31991-201Labow, G.J., J.R. Herman, L. - K. Huang, et al.2011Diurnal variation of 340 nm Lambertian Equivalent Reflectivity due to clouds and aerosol over land and oceansJournal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres116D11American Geophysical Union10.1029/2010JD014980

Herman, J.R., G. Labow, N.C. Hsu, and D. Larko, 2009: Changes in cloud and aerosol cover (1998 - 2006) from reflectivity time series using SeaWiFS, N7 - TOMS, EP - TOMS, SBUV - 2, and OMI radiance data , Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 114, D1, American Geophysical Union, 31991-32038, 10.1029/2007JD009508

Herman, J.R., M.T. DeLand, L. - K. Huang, et al., 2012: A net decrease in the Earth's cloud plus aerosol reflectivity during the past 33 yr (1979–2011) and increased solar heating at the surface , Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions, 12, D11, Copernicus GmbH, 10.5194/acpd-12-31991-201

Labow, G.J., J.R. Herman, L. - K. Huang, et al., 2011: Diurnal variation of 340 nm Lambertian Equivalent Reflectivity due to clouds and aerosol over land and oceans , Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 116, American Geophysical Union, 10.1029/2010JD014980

The variables in each of the data files include the following:

Variable NameDescriptionUnits
LER340_Nimbus7_SBUVLER at 340 nm from Nimbus-7 SBUV%
LER340_NOAA09_SBUV2aLER at 340 nm from NOAA-9 SBUV/2 Ascending%
LER340_NOAA09_SBUV2dLER at 340 nm from NOAA-9 SBUV/2 Descending%
LER340_NOAA11_SBUV2aLER at 340 nm from NOAA-11 SBUV/2 Ascending%
LER340_NOAA11_SBUV2dLER at 340 nm from NOAA-11 SBUV/2 Descending%
LER340_NOAA14_SBUV2aLER at 340 nm from NOAA-14 SBUV/2 Ascending%
LER340_NOAA14_SBUV2dLER at 340 nm from NOAA-14 SBUV/2 Descending%
LER340_NOAA16_SBUV2aLER at 340 nm from NOAA-16 SBUV/2 Ascending%
LER340_NOAA16_SBUV2dLER at 340 nm from NOAA-16 SBUV/2 Descending%
LER340_NOAA17_SBUV2LER at 340 nm from NOAA-17 SBUV/2%
LER340_NOAA18_SBUV2LER at 340 nm from NOAA-18 SBUV/2%
LER331_Nimbus7_TOMSLER at 331 nm from Nimbus-7 TOMS%
LER331_EarthProbe_TOMSLER at 331 nm from Earth Probe TOMS%
LER340_Aura_OMILER at 340 nm from EOS-Aura OMI%
LER412_SeaStar_SeaWiFSLER at 412 nm from SeaStar SeaWiFS%
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