GHRC Publishes GOES-R PLT CPL dataset

The NASA Global Hydrology Resource Center (GHRC) DAAC published the GOES-R PLT Cloud Physics LiDAR (CPL) dataset. This dataset consists of backscatter coefficient, lidar depolarization ratio, layer top/base height, layer type, particulate extinction coefficient, ice water content, and layer/cumulative optical depth data collected from the Cloud Physics LiDAR instrument flown aboard the NASA ER-2 high-altitude aircraft during the GOES-R Post Launch Test (PLT) field campaign. The GOES-R PLT field campaign supported post-launch L1B and L2+ product validation of the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) and the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM). The CPL instrument is a multi-wavelength backscatter LiDAR that provides multi-wavelength measurements of cirrus clouds and aerosols with high temporal and spatial resolution. Data files are available from April 13, 2017 through May 14, 2017 in HDF-5 format with layer information in ASCII text files. Browse imagery files in GIF format are also available. It should be noted that the ER-2 aircraft did not operate each day of the campaign, therefore, data are only available on flight days. There were some dates during the campaign when CPL signals were weak or noisy, prompting adjustments in data processing.

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