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Data Set ID:
GLAH08

GLAS/ICESat L2 Global Planetary Boundary Layer and Elevated Aerosol Layer Heights (HDF5), Version 33

GLAH08 Level-2 planetary boundary layer (PBL) and elevated aerosol layer heights data contains PBL heights, ground detection heights, and top and bottom heights of elevated aerosols from -1.5 km to 20.5 km (4 sec sampling rate) and from 20.5 km to 41 km (20 sec sampling rate). Each data granule has an associated browse product.

Version Summary:

For information about Version 33, see the NSIDC ICESat Description of Data Releases page.

Geographic Coverage

Spatial Coverage:
  • N: 86, S: -86, E: 180, W: -180

Spatial Resolution:
  • 60 m to 70 m x 60 m to 70 m
Temporal Coverage:
  • 20 February 2003 to 11 October 2009
Temporal Resolution: 1288 minute
Parameter(s):
  • Aerosols > Aerosol Particle Properties
  • Altitude > Planetary Boundary Layer Height
Platform(s) ICESAT
Sensor(s): ALTIMETERS, GLAS
Data Format(s):
  • HDF
Version: V33
Data Contributor(s): David Hancock, H. Zwally, Robert Schutz, John Dimarzio

Data Citation

As a condition of using these data, you must cite the use of this data set using the following citation. For more information, see our Use and Copyright Web page.

Zwally, H. J., R. Schutz, D. Hancock, and J. Dimarzio. 2013. GLAS/ICESat L2 Global Planetary Boundary Layer and Elevated Aerosol Layer Heights (HDF5), Version 33. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/ICESAT/GLAS/DATA201. [Date Accessed].
No technical references available for this data set.

FAQ

Since two different algorithms are used in GLA08 (GLAH08) and GLA09 (GLAH09), are the aerosol layers different between the two products?

GLA09 (GLAH09) should not contain elevated aerosol layers, only cloud heights. If the GLA09 (GLAH09) algorithm detects a layer in the data, a cloud/aerosol discrimination routine is called. If the layer is considered cloud, then it is output to GLA09 (GLAH09). If it is... read more

GLA08 and GLA09 were originally designed to use only the 532 nm profiles from GLA07; however, these two products use the 1064 nm channel data in addition to 532 nm. Where do the 1064 nm layers come from, and do the 532 nm and 1064 nm algorithms differ?

The GLAS science team added the 1064 nm-based layer detection just a few months before ICESat launched, because they discovered potentially serious problems in the 532 nm channel. The initial design of the software only used the 532 nm channel because of its superior data quality; however, when... read more

What data subsetting and reformatting services are available for ICESat/GLAS data?

The following table describes the data subsetting and reformatting services that are currently available for ICESat/GLAS HDF5 data via the NASA Earthdata Search tool.

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How To

Stepping through the HDFView User Guide with GLAS HDF5 Data
HDFView

https://support.hdfgroup.org/products/java/hdfview/

When you first open HDFView, the HDFView window appears with an empty tree and data panel.

The main window consists of six different components... read more

How do I programmatically request data services (e.g. subsetting, reformatting, reprojection) using an API?

The subsetting, reformatting, and reprojection services provided by NSIDC through NASA Earthdata Search can also be accessed programmatically using a WCS-compatible API endpoint. This programmatic access is provided via an HTTP URL containing a... read more

How do I order subsetted ICESat/GLAS HDF5 data in Earthdata Search?

NASA Earthdata Search is a map-based search and order tool, allowing you search for ICESat/GLAS data based on spatial and temporal constraints. Additionally, you can subset files based on spatial bounding box, parameter, and temporal range. ... read more