[Source:CloudSat Standard Data Products Handbook, Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, Colorado State University]
The 2B-CLDCLASS algorithm receives input from 2B-GEOPROF and the corresponding MODIS-AUX and ECMWF-AUX granules to identify eight basic cloud types (that are recognized by surface observers internationally).
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