SAFARI 2000 TOVS SURFACE AND ATMOSPHERIC PARAMETERS, 1-DEG, 1999-2001Entry ID: s2k_tovs
Abstract: NOAA's TIROS (Television Infrared Observation Satellite) Operational Vertical Sounder (TOVS) is a suite of three sensors: the Microwave Sounding Unit (MSU), the High resolution Infrared Radiation Sounder (HIRS), and the Stratospheric Sounding Unit (SSU) aboard the NOAA series of polar-orbiting operational meteorological satellites. TOVS-derived data provide a means to investigate long-term climate ... change and interannual variability and study local and periodic phenomena such as El Nino and stratospheric warmings. A set of the derived meteorological parameters for southern Africa have been selected by SAFARI 2000. The data were extracted from 1 degree x 1 degree global fields, with data from each satellite's local AM and PM orbits provided separately.Selected parameters for SAFARI 2000 data set:Layer mean temperature at 4 coarse layers Total effective cloud fraction Cloud fractions at 7 pressure layers Longwave cloud radiative forcing Outgoing long-wave radiation Cloud top pressure Precipitation estimate Precipitable water vapor above the surface and four pressure levels Surface pressure Cloud top temperature Cloud fraction at 7 pressure layers Surface skin temperature Specific humidity at surface and at 5 pressure layers Temperature at multiple levels Retrieved virtual temperature between levelsThe data files are stored as annual files of pentad (5-day) images. The pentads are stored in band sequential [BSQ] format (one image after the other) within the yearly files, 73 pentads per file. There is one file for each of the AM and the PM satellite overpasses for each parameter provided.
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Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: IREDELL, L.SUSSKIND, J.
Dataset Title: SAFARI 2000 TOVS SURFACE AND ATMOSPHERIC PARAMETERS, 1-DEG, 1999-2001
Dataset Release Date: 2004
Dataset Release Place: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Dataset Publisher: Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center
Data Presentation Form: Online Files
Dataset DOI: doi:10.3334/ORNLDAAC/717Online Resource: http://mercury.ornl.gov/ornldaac/send/query?term2=717&term2attribut...
Start Date: 1999-01-01Stop Date: 2001-12-31
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE > AIR TEMPERATURE
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE > SKIN TEMPERATURE
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC WATER VAPOR > WATER VAPOR
ATMOSPHERE > CLOUDS > CLOUD PROPERTIES > CLOUD FREQUENCY
ATMOSPHERE > CLOUDS > CLOUD PROPERTIES > CLOUD TOP PRESSURE
ATMOSPHERE > PRECIPITATION > PRECIPITATION AMOUNT
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION > OUTGOING LONGWAVE RADIATION
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION > RADIATIVE FORCING
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Distribution Format: Text
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: reichertm at dnr.sc.gov
Marine Resources Research Institute PO Box 12559
Province or State: SC
Postal Code: 29422-2559
Country: United States of America
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-08-28
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-01-31