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Baseline Products: Cloud Optical Depth

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Example of the Cloud Optical Depth product as generated by the GOES-R Cloud Optical and Microphysical Properties algorithm using Meteosat-8/SEVIRI data on 01 August 2006 13:00 UTC.
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Cloud Optical Depth will use both the visible and the near-infrared bands during the daytime and a combination of infrared bands for night-time detection. This product, together with the Cloud Particle Size Distribution product, will provide valuable information about the radiative properties of clouds. These two properties will enhance climate prediction, as they will provide global climate models with higher quality data regarding the Earth’s energy and radiation budget.