Expedited and Standard Data Set Definitions
Standard Data Sets:
Standard data processing begins immediately upon delivery of all required ancillary data sets. The ancillary data sets used in standard processing (e.g., GMAO meteorological data and data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center) must be spatially and temporally matched to the CALIPSO data acquisition times, and thus the time lag latency between data onboard acquisition and the start of standard processing can be on the order of several days.
The data in each data set are global, but are produced in files by half orbit, with the day portion of an orbit in one file and the night portion of the orbit in another.
Expedited Data Sets:
Expedited data are processed as soon as possible after following downlink from the satellite and delivery to LaRC. Latency between onboard acquisition and analysis expedited processing is typically on the order of 6 to 28 hours. Expedited processing uses the most recently current available set of ancillary data (e.g., GMAO meteorological profiles) and calibration coefficients available, which may lag the CALIPSO data acquisition time/date by several days.
Expedited data files contain at the most, 90 minutes of data. Therefore, each file may contain both day and night data.
NOTE: Users are strongly cautioned against using Expedited data products as the basis for research findings or journal publications. Standard data sets only should be used for these purposes.
The differences between expedited processing and standard processing are explained in more detail in "Adapting CALIPSO Climate Measurements for Near Real Time Analyses and Forecasting" (PDF).