Solar radiation enters the Earth's atmosphere with a portion being scattered by clouds and aerosols.

Processing, archiving and distributing Earth science data
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CERES NPP Data Products

CERES NPP Data Products

The Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) is a key component of the Earth Observing System (EOS) program. The CERES instruments provide radiometric measurements of the Earth's atmosphere from three broadband channels. The CERES missions are a follow-on to the successful Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) mission. The first CERES instrument (PFM) was launched on November 27, 1997 as part of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM). Two CERES instruments (FM1 and FM2) were launched into polar orbit on board the EOS flagship Terra on December 18, 1999. Two additional CERES instruments (FM3 and FM4) were launched on board EOS Aqua on May 4, 2002. The newest CERES instrument (FM5) was launched on board the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite on October 28, 2011.

Spatially (1°x1° lat/lon regional, 1° zonal, global) and temporally (daily, monthly, etc.) averaged fluxes and clouds.

Processing Stream Description Data Products

ERBElike

CERES instrument TOA fluxes using algorithms identical to those used by ERBE.

- ES4: Also includes large-scale regional, zonal, and global fluxes

- ES9: Also includes 2.5° regional instantaneous fluxes

Instantaneous footprint-level (20km nominal) fluxes and cloud properties.

Processing Level Description Data Products

ERBElike

CERES instrument TOA fluxes using algorithms identical to those used by ERBE.

SSF

CERES observed TOA fluxes, MODIS clouds and aerosols, and parameterized surface fluxes.

CERES instantaneous footprint-level (20km nominal) ephemeris and instrument level data.

Processing Stream Description Data Products

BDS

CERES geolocated and calibrated TOA filtered radiances and other instrument data.