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Baseline Products: Cloud Particle Size Distribution

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GOES-16 Cloud Particle Size Distribution product, April 9, 2017.
NIGHTTIME Product ATBD DAYTIME Product ATBD Download Product RIMP

The Cloud Effective Particle Size will be computed using the same algorithm that estimates the Cloud Optical Depth. Using both the visible and near-infrared bands during the day and the infrared bands during the night, the GOES-R Cloud Optical and Microphysical Properties algorithm will retrieve, simultaneously with COD, the Cloud Particle Size. The Cloud Particle Size will provide valuable information about the radiative properties of clouds. This information combined with the information provided by the COD product will provide very accurate information about the Earth’s radiation budget, yielding more accurate climate prediction possibilities.