NOAA JPSS Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Cloud Base Height (CBH) Environmental Data Record (EDR) from IDPS

Metadata Updated: February 27, 2019

This dataset contains a high quality operational Environmental Data Record (EDR) of Cloud Base Heights (CBH) from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument onboard the Suomi-NPP satellite and is produced by the NOAA Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS). CBH is defined as the height above sea level at which cloud bases occur and is derived by subtracting Cloud Optical Thickness (COT) values from Cloud Top Height (CTH) values. The algorithm also incorporates data from the Cloud Mask Intermediate Product (IP). Each square cell is an average of reported base heights within that cell. If a cloud layer occupies only a portion of the cell then the average is reported for only the portion of the cell covered by the cloud. The spatial resolution of the EDR is 6 km and data are collected during day and night passes which provides global coverage at a temporal resolution of approximately every 12 hours. By default, VIIRS CBH IDPS data obtained from the Comprehensive Large Array-Data Stewardship System (CLASS) are distributed in four 86-second granules in Hierarchical Data Format V. 5 (HDF5) with metadata attributes.

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Metadata Date November 5, 2018
Metadata Created Date February 7, 2018
Metadata Updated Date February 27, 2019
Reference Date(s) April 27, 2013 (publication)
Frequency Of Update continual

Metadata Source

Harvested from NOAA CSW Harvest Source

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Example of VIIRS Cloud Base Height with CloudSat overpass track (red) on September 26, 2013

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date November 5, 2018
Metadata Created Date February 7, 2018
Metadata Updated Date February 27, 2019
Reference Date(s) April 27, 2013 (publication)
Responsible Party DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce (Point of Contact)
Contact Email
Access Constraints Cite as: Heidinger, Andrew, Qiu, Shuang, and NOAA JPSS Program Office (2013): NOAA JPSS Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Cloud Base Height (CBH) Environmental Data Record (EDR) from IDPS. [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. [access date]., Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives., Use liability: NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.
Bbox East Long 180.0
Bbox North Lat 90.0
Bbox South Lat -90.0
Bbox West Long -180.0
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update continual
Graphic Preview Description Example of VIIRS Cloud Base Height with CloudSat overpass track (red) on September 26, 2013
Graphic Preview File https://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/metadata/images/C01403_SNPP_VIIRS_CBH_EDR.png
Graphic Preview Type PNG
Guid gov.noaa.ncdc:C01403
Harvest Object Id 5df74ebf-5974-44fd-b556-5654b0465ab0
Harvest Source Id 2aed8e29-fc5b-4cde-aa66-fb1118fd705e
Harvest Source Title NOAA CSW Harvest Source
Licence For a complete description of use limitations for this EDR, see the Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD).
Metadata Language
Metadata Type geospatial
Progress onGoing
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG::4326
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 2013-04-27

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