NOAA JPSS Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Nighttime Cloud Optical Microphysical Properties (NCOMP) Environmental Data Record (EDR) from NDE

VIIRS-NCOMP-NDE

browse graphicExample of VIIRS Cloud Optical Depth (Cloud Microphysical and Optical Properties) over the Northern Atlantic Ocean on July 7, 2017.
This data set contains a high quality Environmental Data Record (EDR) of nighttime cloud optical and microphysical properties (NCOMP) from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument onboard the Suomi-NPP satellite and is produced by the NOAA Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS). The EDR contains Cloud Optical Depth (COD), Cloud effective Particle Size (CPS), and Liquid and Ice Water Path (LWP and IWP). Liquid and ice water path are calculated subsequently from COD and CPS. The NCOMP algorithm uses VIIRS bands M7, M15, and M16. The EDR provides global coverage daily at a spatial resolution of 750 meters at nadir. VIIRS NCOMP data distributed by the NESDIS Data Exploitation (NDE) system and obtained from the Comprehensive Large-Array Stewardship System (CLASS) are distributed as single 86-second granules in NetCDF-4 format with metadata attributes included.
  • Cite as: Heidinger, Andy, Donahue, David, Heck, Patrick, and NOAA JPSS Program Office, (2017): NOAA JPSS Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Nighttime Cloud Optical Microphysical Properties (NCOMP) Environmental Data Record (EDR) from NDE. [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. doi:10.7289/V50863JJ. [access date].
Download Data
  • NOAA CLASS FTP Server (download)
    Access and download data tar files by date and product for the previous 85 days. The directory structure is as follows, date(yyyymmdd)->instrument family->product.
Order Data
Distribution Formats
  • NetCDF (Version: 4)
Distributor Customer Engagement Branch
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
1-828-271-4800
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Dataset Point of Contact Customer Engagement Branch
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
1-828-271-4800
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Time Period 2017-07-06 to Present (time interval: 24-hour)
Spatial Reference System urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG::4326
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 90.0
S: -90.0
E: 180.0
W: -180.0
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Processing Documents
Associated Resources
  • The expected performance of cloud optical and microphysical properties derived from Suomi NPP VIIRS day/night band lunar reflectance.
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2017-07-06
Edition Validated
Data Presentation Form Digital image
Dataset Progress Status Ongoing - data is continually being updated
Data Update Frequency Continual
Purpose The VIIRS NCOMP product is used to parameterize clouds in global climate models. Precise retrievals are critical to improving climate models.
Use Limitations
  • For a complete description of use limitations for this EDR, see the Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD).
Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: Heidinger, Andy, Donahue, David, Heck, Patrick, and NOAA JPSS Program Office, (2017): NOAA JPSS Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Nighttime Cloud Optical Microphysical Properties (NCOMP) Environmental Data Record (EDR) from NDE. [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. doi:10.7289/V50863JJ. [access date].
Cited Authors
  • Heidinger, Andrew
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/STAR > Center for Satellite Applications and Research, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Donahue, David
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/OSPO > Office of Satellite and Product Operations, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Minnis, Patrick
    NASA/LARC/SD/ASDC > Atmospheric Science Data Center, Science Directorate, Langley Research Center, NASA
  • Heck, Patrick
    UWI-MAD/SSEC/CIMSS/POLAR > Polar Satellite Meteorology and Climatology, Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, SSEC, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • NOAA JPSS Program Office
Principal Investigators
  • Heidinger, Andrew
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/STAR > Center for Satellite Applications and Research, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Donahue, David
    DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/OSPO > Office of Satellite and Product Operations, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Collaborators
  • Minnis, Patrick
    NASA/LARC/SD/ASDC > Atmospheric Science Data Center, Science Directorate, Langley Research Center, NASA
  • Heck, Patrick
    UWI-MAD/SSEC/CIMSS/POLAR > Polar Satellite Meteorology and Climatology, Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, SSEC, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Resource Providers
  • NOAA JPSS Program Office
Publishers
  • NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
Theme keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Clouds > Cloud Microphysics > Cloud Optical Depth/Thickness
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Clouds > Cloud Microphysics > Cloud Liquid Water/Ice
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Clouds > Cloud Microphysics > Cloud Droplet Concentration/Size
  • Earth Science > Atmosphere > Clouds > Cloud Microphysics > Particle Size Distribution
Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Essential Climate Variables (ECVs)
  • Atmospheric - Upper-air - Cloud Properties
Keyword Thesaurus Title
  • Nde > Nesdis Data Exploitation
  • Edr > Environmental Data Record
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/STAR > Center for Satellite Applications and Research, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC > National Climatic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/OSPO > Office of Satellite and Product Operations, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Platform keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords
  • SUOMI-NPP > Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership
Instrument keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • VIIRS > Visible-Infrared Imager-Radiometer Suite
Place keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Geographic Region > Global
Project keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Project Keywords
  • JPSS > Joint Polar Satellite System
  • NOAA OneStop Project
  • gov.noaa.class:JPSS_GRAN
Data Resolution keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Horizontal Data Resolution Keywords
  • 500 meters - < 1 km
Stratum keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Vertical Location > Troposphere
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: Heidinger, Andy, Donahue, David, Heck, Patrick, and NOAA JPSS Program Office, (2017): NOAA JPSS Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Nighttime Cloud Optical Microphysical Properties (NCOMP) Environmental Data Record (EDR) from NDE. [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. doi:10.7289/V50863JJ. [access date].
  • Use liability: NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.
Access Constraints
  • Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.
Fees
  • In most cases, electronic downloads of the data are free, however fees may apply for data certifications, copies of analog materials, and data distribution on physical media.
Lineage information for: dataset
Lineage Statement The data were produced by the NOAA Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO) NDE/PDA and are archived at the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).
Processor
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/STAR > Center for Satellite Applications and Research, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Processing Steps
  • For a complete description of the processing steps, see the Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document and Data Flow Diagram.
  • The JPSS VIIRS Enterprise Nighttime Cloud Optical and Microphysical Properties (NCOMP) algorithm reached beta maturity.
  • The JPSS VIIRS Enterprise Nighttime Cloud Optical and Microphysical Properties (NCOMP) algorithm reached provisional maturity.
  • The JPSS VIIRS Enterprise Nighttime Cloud Optical and Microphysical Properties (NCOMP) algorithm reached validated maturity.
Processing Documents
Source Datasets
  • NOAA JPSS Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Sensor Data Record (SDR) from IDPS
    • NCEI landing page for JPSS-VIIRS-SDR
      Source dataset landing page with general information and access links for the dataset.
    • Description of Source: Sensor Data Record (SDR) from VIIRS bands M12, M14, M15, and M16
    • Temporal extent used: 2012-02-07 to Present
    • Spatial extent used: N:90 S:-90 E:180 W:-180
Lineage information for: repository
Processing Steps
  • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
Last Modified: 2018-11-05
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