Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Clouds Observed by MODIS Onboard the Terra and Aqua Satellites

@article{King2013SpatialAT,
  title={Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Clouds Observed by MODIS Onboard the Terra and Aqua Satellites},
  author={Michael D. King and Steven E. Platnick and W. Paul Menzel and Steven A. Ackerman and Paul A. Hubanks},
  journal={IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing},
  year={2013},
  volume={51},
  pages={3826-3852}
}
  • M. KingS. Platnick P. Hubanks
  • Published 28 January 2013
  • Environmental Science, Physics
  • IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
Cloud properties have been retrieved from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) over 12 years of continuous observations from Terra and over nine years from Aqua. Results include the spatial and temporal distribution of cloud fraction, the cloud top pressure and cloud top temperature, and the cloud optical thickness and effective radius of both liquid water and ice clouds. Globally, the cloud fraction derived by the MODIS cloud mask is ~ 67%, with somewhat more clouds over… 

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