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Global-merged IR Brightness Temperature

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Abstract: The Climate Prediction Center/NCEP/NWS is now making available via anonymous ftp (in
digital form) globally-merged (60N-60S) pixel-resolution IR brightness temperature
data (equivalent blackbody temps), merged from all available geostationary satellites
(GOES-8/10, METEOSAT-7/5 & GMS). The availability of data from METEOSAT-5, which is
located at 63E at the present time, yields a unique ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 60.0   S: -60.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Climate Prediction Center/NCEP/NWS
Dataset Title: NCEP/CPC 4km Global (60N - 60S) IR Dataset
Dataset Series Name: MERG
Dataset Release Date: May 2006
Dataset Release Place: College Park, MD
Dataset Publisher: Climate Prediction Center/NCEP/NWS
Version: 6
Online Resource:

Dataset Originator/Creator: Janowiak, John E., Robert J. Joyce, Yelena Yarosh
Dataset Title: NCEP Global-merged IR Brightness Temperature
Dataset Release Place: Greenbelt, MD, USA
Dataset Publisher: Goddard Space Flight Center Distributed Active Archive Center (GSFC DAAC)
Version: 6
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2000-02-07
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 4 km
Longitude Resolution: 4 km
Horizontal Resolution Range: 1 km - < 10 km or approximately .01 degree - < .09 degree
Temporal Resolution: 30 min
Temporal Resolution Range: 1 minute - < 1 hour
Use Constraints Please acknowledge:

This work is supported by funding from the NOAA Office of Global Programs
for the Global Precipitation Climatology Project (GPCP and by NASA via the
Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM).
Data Center
Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (formerly Goddard DAAC), Global Change Data Center, Earth Sciences Division, Science and Exploration Directorate, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: 301-614-5224
Fax: 301-614-5268
Email: gsfc-help-disc at
Contact Address:
Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center
Code 610.2
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA
Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 33 MB
Distribution Format: binary
Fees: None
Phone: 301-405-0468
Email: johnj at
Contact Address:
Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites
University of Maryland
City: College Park
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20740-3823
Country: USA
Janowiak, John E., Robert J. Joyce, Yelena Yarosh, 2001: A Real–Time Global Half–Hourly Pixel–Resolution Infrared Dataset and Its Applications. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 82, 205–217.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-09-03
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-01-20
Future DIF Review Date: 2016-07-31