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FY3A VIRR Global Cloud Amount and Cloud Type Level 2 Product

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Abstract: Global Cloud Amount and Cloud Type:

The product include the global total cloud amount,cloud phase,cloud type and high cloud amount products.Total cloud amount means the ratio between the radiation of cloud pixels and all pixels in certain region.The value is between 0 and 100,0 means clear sky,100 means cloud sky.Cloud phase means cloud particle is ice or water.There are three kinds:ice ,water,mixed/coldest water.Cloud type means high,middle and low cloud;High cloud mean the amount of high cloud,the value is between 0 and 100.

Purpose: Global Cloud Amount and Cloud Type:

The cloud products are being used to improve understanding and modeling of the role of clouds in climate, with the primary focus being the elucidation of the effects of clouds on the radiation balance. These data can also used to support many other cloud studies, including understanding of the hydrological cycle.
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Description: FENGYUN Satellite Data Center
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: China Meteorological Administration(CMA) National Satellite and Meteorological Center(NSMC)
Dataset Title: FY3A VIRR FY3A VIRR Global Cloud Amount and Cloud Type Level 2 Product
Dataset Release Date: 2008-05-29
Dataset Release Place: Beijing, China
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2008-05-29
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 5000 m
Longitude Resolution: 5000 m
Horizontal Resolution Range: 1 km - < 10 km or approximately .01 degree - < .09 degree
Temporal Resolution Range: Daily - < Weekly
Data Set Progress
Data Center
FENGYUN Satellite Data Center, China Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: 4006-121-701
Email: dataserver at
Contact Address:
National Satellite Meteorological Center data services
No. 46
Zhongguancun, Haidian District
South Street
City: Beijing
Postal Code: 100081
Country: China
Distribution Size: ~197.77 MB
Distribution Format: HDF
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2011-03-07
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-12-07
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