ISSCP Monthly Means - Stage D2 Data

SOURCE: ftp://isccp.giss.nasa.gov (Additional ftp information)

DATA DESCRIPTION: ISCCP on-line datasets and images

UPDATED THROUGH: June 2008

FORMAT: netCDF

GRID: Global: 2.5 degree (144 x 72)

LEVELS: Single Level

CURRENT HOLDINGS : Jan 1983 - Dec 2008 (Please note: Due to user requests the actual netCDF file spans Jan 1983 thru Dec 2008. The padded months (Jan-June 1983 and July-Dec 2008) are filled with missing values)

FIELDS:

Description Name Units
Mean ozone abundance O3_TOVS Dobson
Mean precipitable water for 680-310 mb PW_Mid_TOVS cm
Mean precipitable water for 1000-680 mb PW_Low_TOVS cm
Mean stratospheric temperature at 50 mb T50_TOVS K
Mean tropopause temperature TT_TOVS K
Mean tropopause pressure PT_TOVS mb
TOVS: Mean temperature at 375 mb T365_TOVS K
TOVS: Mean temperature at 500 mb T500_TOVS K
TOVS: Mean temperature at 740 mb T740_TOVS K
TOVS: Mean near-surface temperature TSA_TOVS K
TOVS: Mean surface pressure PS_TOVS mb
Mean snow/ice amount SI_Cover %
Mean RS from clear sky composite RS  
TS Standard deviation over space TS_Sd_Space K
Mean TS from clear sky composite TS K
Mean WP for cloud type=15, deep convective WP_DC g m-2
Mean TAU for cloud type=15, deep convective TAU_DC  
Mean TC for cloud type=15, deep convective TC_DC K
Mean PC for cloud type=15, deep convective PC_DC mb
Mean CA for cloud type=15, deep convective CA_DC %
Mean WP for cloud type=14, cirrostratus WP_CIS g m-2
Mean TAU for cloud type=14, cirrostratus TAU_CIS  
Mean TC for cloud type=14, cirrostratus TC_CIS K
Mean PC for cloud type=14, cirrostratus PC_CIS mb
Mean CA for cloud type=14, cirrostratus CA_CIS %
Mean WP for cloud type=13, cirrus WP_CI g m-2
Mean TAU for cloud type=13, cirrus TAU_CI  
Mean TC for cloud type=13, cirrus TC_CI K
Mean PC for cloud type=13, cirrus PC_CI mb
Mean CA for cloud type=13, cirrus CA_CI %
Mean WP for cloud type=12, nimbostratus, ice WP_NS_Ice g m-2
Mean TAU for cloud type=12, nimbostratus, ice TAU_NS_Ice  
Mean TC for cloud type=12, nimbostratus, ice TC_NS_Ice K
Mean PC for cloud type=12, nimbostratus, ice PC_NS_Ice mb
Mean CA for cloud type=12, nimbostratus, ice CA_NS_Ice %
Mean WP for cloud type=11, altostratus, ice WP_AS_Ice g m-2
Mean TAU for cloud type=11, altostratus, ice TAU_AS_Ice  
Mean TC for cloud type=11, altostratus, ice TC_AS_Ice K
Mean PC for cloud type=11, altostratus, ice PC_AS_Ice mb
Mean CA for cloud type=11, altostratus, ice CA_AS_Ice %
Mean WP for cloud type=10, altocumulus, ice WP_AC_Ice g m-2
Mean TAU for cloud type=10, altocumulus, ice TAU_AC_Ice  
Mean TC for cloud type=10, altocumulus, ice TC_AC_Ice K
Mean PC for cloud type=10, altocumulus, ice PC_AC_Ice mb
Mean CA for cloud type=10, altocumulus, ice CA_AC_Ice %
Mean WP for cloud type=9, nimbostratus, liquid WP_NS_Liquid g m-2
Mean TAU for cloud type=9, nimbostratus, liquid TAU_NS_Liquid  
Mean TC for cloud type=9, nimbostratus, liquid TC_NS_Liquid K
Mean PC for cloud type=9, nimbostratus, liquid PC_NS_Liquid mb
Mean CA for cloud type=9, nimbostratus, liquid CA_NS_Liquid %
Mean WP for cloud type=8, altostratus, liquid WP_AS_Liquid g m-2
Mean TAU for cloud type=8, altostratus, liquid TAU_AS_Liquid  
Mean TC for cloud type=8, altostratus, liquid TC_AS_Liquid K
Mean PC for cloud type=8, altostratus, liquid PC_AS_Liquid mb
Mean CA for cloud type=8, altostratus, liquid CA_AS_Liquid %
Mean WP for cloud type=7, altocumulus, liquid WP_AC_Liquid g m-2
Mean TAU for cloud type=7, altocumulus, liquid TAU_AC_Liquid  
Mean TC for cloud type=7, altocumulus, liquid TC_AC_Liquid K
Mean PC for cloud type=7, altocumulus, liquid PC_AC_Liquid mb
Mean CA for cloud type=7, altocumulus, liquid CA_AC_Liquid %
Mean WP for cloud type=6, stratus, ice WP_S_Ice g m-2
Mean TAU for cloud type=6, stratus, ice TAU_S_Ice  
Mean TC for cloud type=6, stratus, ice TC_S_Ice K
Mean PC for cloud type=6, stratus, ice PC_S_Ice mb
Mean CA for cloud type=6, stratus, ice CA_S_Ice %
Mean WP for cloud type=5, stratocumulus, ice WP_SC_Ice g m-2
Mean TAU for cloud type=5, stratocumulus, ice TAU_SC_Ice  
Mean TC for cloud type=5, stratocumulus, ice TC_SC_Ice K
Mean PC for cloud type=5, stratocumulus, ice PC_SC_Ice mb
Mean CA for cloud type=5, stratocumulus, ice CA_SC_Ice %
Mean WP for cloud type=4, cumulus, ice WP_C_Ice g m-2
Mean TAU for cloud type=4, cumulus, ice TAU_C_Ice  
Mean TC for cloud type=4, cumulus, ice TC_C_Ice K
Mean PC for cloud type=4, cumulus, ice PC_C_Ice mb
Mean CA for cloud type=4, cumulus, ice CA_C_Ice %
Mean WP for cloud type=3, stratus, liquid WP_S_Liquid g m-2
Mean TAU for cloud type=3, stratus, liquid TAU_S_Liquid  
Mean TC for cloud type=3, stratus, liquid TC_S_Liquid K
Mean PC for cloud type=3, stratus, liquid PC_S_Liquid mb
Mean CA for cloud type=3, stratus, liquid CA_S_Liquid %
Mean WP for cloud type=2, stratocumulus, liquid WP_SC_Liquid g m-2
Mean TAU for cloud type=2, stratocumulus, liquid TAU_SC_Liquid  
Mean TC for cloud type=2, stratocumulus, liquid TC_SC_Liquid K
Mean PC for cloud type=2, stratocumulus, liquid PC_SC_Liquid mb
Mean CA for cloud type=2, stratocumulus, liquid CA_SC_Liquid %
Mean WP for cloud type=1, cumulus, liquid WP_C_Liquid g m-2
Mean TAU for cloud type=1, cumulus, liquid TAU_C_Liquid  
Mean TC for cloud type=1, cumulus, liquid TC_C_Liquid K
Mean PC for cloud type=1, cumulus, liquid PC_C_Liquid mb
Mean CA for cloud type=1, cumulus, liquid CA_C_Liquid %
Mean TC for high clouds TC_High K
Mean PC for high clouds PC_High mb
Mean high cloud amount CA_High %
Mean TC for middle clouds TC_Mid K
Mean PC for middle clouds PC_Mid mb
Mean middle cloud amount CA_Mid %
Mean TC for low clouds TC_Low K
Mean PC for low clouds PC_Low mb
Mean low cloud amount CA_Low %
Mean WP standard deviation over space WP_Sd_Space g m-2
WP Standard deviation over time WP_Sd_Time g m-2
Water path (WP) WP g m-2
Mean TAU standard deviation over space TAU_Sd_Space  
TAU Standard deviation over time TAU_Sd_Time  
Mean Cloud TAU TAU  
Mean TC standard deviation over space TC_Sd_Space K
TC Standard deviation over time TC_Sd_Time K
Mean cloud temperature TC K
Mean PC standard deviation over space PC_Sd_Space mb
PC standard deviation over time PC_Sd_Time mb
Mean cloud pressure PC mb
Frequency of mean cloud amount: 90-100% CA_Frq_90100 %
Frequency of mean cloud amount: 80-90% CA_Frq_8090 %
Frequency of mean cloud amount: 70-80% CA_Frq_7080 %
Frequency of mean cloud amount: 60-70% CA_Frq_6070 %
Frequency of mean cloud amount: 50-60% CA_Frq_5060 %
Frequency of mean cloud amount: 40-50% CA_Frq_4050 %
Frequency of mean cloud amount: 30-40% CA_Frq_3040 %
Frequency of mean cloud amount: 20-30% CA_Frq_2030 %
Frequency of mean cloud amount: 10-20% CA_Frq_1020 %
Frequency of mean cloud amount: 0-10% CA_Frq_010 %
Mean IR-marginal cloud amount CA_IR %
Mean cloud amount CA %

MSS Directory: /CTSAT/ISCCP/D2/2.5DG/ (2.5 degree grid)

Filenames: ISCCP.1983-2008.25.nc

  • NOTE: Old data still available at:
    • MSS Directory: /CTSAT/ISCCP/OLD_1997/D2/ in 2.5DG/, T42/ and T63/ subdirectories.

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