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GLAH09

GLAS/ICESat L2 Global Cloud Heights for Multi-layer Clouds (HDF5), Version 33

GLAH09 Level-2 cloud heights for multi-layer clouds contain cloud layer top and bottom height data at sampling rates of 4 sec, 1 sec, 5 Hz, and 40 Hz. 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):
  • Clouds > Cloud Height
  • Clouds > Cloud Vertical Distribution
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 Cloud Heights for Multi-layer Clouds (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/DATA202. [Date Accessed].
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