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Frequently Asked Questions and Information - ISCCP Information

ISCCP Frequently Asked Questions

ISCCP is the International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project, established in 1982 as part of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), to collect and analyze satellite radiance measurements to determine the global distribution of clouds, their properties, and their diurnal, synoptic, seasonal and interannual variations.

An explanation for ISCCP’s file naming convention are available from ISCCP’s Homepage.

ISCCP data can be obtained from the ISCCP Data and Information page on the ASDC EOSWEB site, the ISCCP Homepage, NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) website and MY NASA DATA.

The EOSWEB site provides a complete profile of the ISCCP data, parameters, documentation,
readme file, read software to read the data, and order tool access for ordering the data.
EOSWEB site: ISCCP table

The ISCCP homepage provides data, documentation, data descriptions, software, other cloud data, maps, and plots.

ISCCP Homepage:

The NOAA website provides ISCCP data from the Satellite Data Access page.
NOAA’s website:

MY NASA DATA's Live Access Server(Advanced Edition); gives you a quick way to get an overview of, obtain data, and easily plot various types of data. The LAS contains over 200 parameters in atmospheric and earth science from five NASA scientific projects.