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ATLAS/ICESat-2 L3B Monthly Gridded Atmosphere, Version 3 (ATL17)
Data set:
ATL17
Citation
There is a more recent version of these data.
Version Summary
Changes for this version include:

  • The blowing snow frequency parameter based on the 1 Hz average backscatter data was renamed to low-rate blowing snow frequency and a high-rate blowing snow frequency parameter generated from 25 Hz backscatter data was added.

  • The grid size for the weekly product (ATL16) changed from 2° x 2° to a 3° latitude x 3° longitude for the global coverage and to a 1° latitude x 3° longitude for the polar coverage.

  • The grid size for the monthly product (ATL17) changed from 1° x 1° to a 1° latitude x 1° longitude for the global coverage and to a 0.5° latitude x 1.5° longitude for the polar coverage.

  • Gridded parameter minimum, maximum, and standard deviation values in addition to the average are written on each image and included in the data product.

Overview

As of 18 August 2022, this data set is retired and no longer available for download. Per our agreement with the data provider, NSIDC only archives the most recent version of each of the ICESat-2 standard products and the version that preceded it. The most recent version is available from https://nsidc.org/data/icesat-2/data-sets
This data set contains a gridded summary of monthly global cloud fraction, total column optical depth over the oceans, polar cloud fraction, blowing snow frequency, apparent surface reflectivity, and ground detection frequency.
Data Contributor(s):
  • Steve
    Palm
  • E.
    Northam
  • Ute
    Herzfeld
Parameter(s):
AEROSOL FRACTION APPARENT SURFACE REFLECTIVITY BLOWING SNOW CLOUD FRACTION CLOUD OPTICAL DEPTH/THICKNESS
Platform(s):
ICESat-2
Sensor(s):
ATLAS
Data Format(s):
HDF5
Temporal Coverage:
13 October 2018 to 1 July 2021
Temporal Resolution:
1 month
Spatial Resolution:
1 degree
1 degree
Spatial Coverage:
N:
90
S:
-90
E:
180
W:
-180

Data Access & Tools

This data set has been retired. There is a more recent version of these data.

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