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Earth System Science Data The Data Publishing Journal
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2017-73
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09 Aug 2017
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This discussion paper is a preprint. It is a manuscript under review for the journal Earth System Science Data (ESSD).
The International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project H-Series Climate Data Record Product
Alisa H. Young1, Kenneth R. Knapp2, Anand Inamdar3, William Hankins2,4, and William B. Rossow5 1NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information, 325 S. Broadway, Boulder CO 80305
2NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information, 151 Patton Ave, Asheville NC, 28801
3Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites, North Carolina State University
4ERT, Inc., Asheville, North Carolina, 28801
5NOAA/CREST, City College of the City University of New York, New York, New York 1003
Abstract. This paper describes the new global long-term, International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP) H-Series climate data record (CDR). The H-Series data contains a suite of level 2 and level 3 products for monitoring the distribution and variation of cloud and surface properties to better understand the effects of clouds on climate, the radiation budget, and the global hydrologic cycle. This product is currently available for public use and is derived from both geostationary and polar orbiting satellite imaging radiometers with common visible and infrared (IR) channels. The H-Series data spans from July 1983 to Dec 2009 with plans for continued production to extend the record to the present with regular updates. The H-series data are the longest combined geostationary and polar orbiter satellite based CDR of cloud properties. Access to the data is provided in network Common Data Form (netCDF) and archived by NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) under the satellite Climate Data Record Program (https://doi.org/10.7289/V5QZ281S). The basic characteristics, history, and evolution of the dataset are presented herein with particular emphasis on and discussion of product changes between the H-Series and the widely used predecessor D-Series product which spans from July 1983 through December 2009. Key refinements included to the ISCCP H-Series CDR are based on improved quality control measures, modified ancillary inputs, higher spatial resolution input and output products, calibration refinements, and updated documentation and metadata to bring the H-Series product into compliance with existing standards for climate data records.

Citation: Young, A. H., Knapp, K. R., Inamdar, A., Hankins, W., and Rossow, W. B.: The International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project H-Series Climate Data Record Product, Earth Syst. Sci. Data Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2017-73, in review, 2017.
Alisa H. Young et al.
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The paper describes the new ISCCP H-Series CDR product which provides a reprocessing of the ISCCP data at a higher spatial resolution to improve cloud property retrievals. The paper also describes algorithmic changes to the former product, and outlines data access, caveats, and ongoing plans for the product under the stewardship of NOAA/NCEI.
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