INSIGHTS and INNOVATIONS The International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP) Web Site An Online Resource for Research BY W . B. Rossow AND E. N. DUENAS accessing datasets over the Internet suggested the he International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP) was established in 1982 as the need for the Web site to provide: 1) a larger variety of information about the project and its data prod- Tfirst project of the World Climate Research Pro- gram to: 1) produce a global, uniformly calibrated, ucts for a much wider variety of users [e.g., people satellite radiance dataset from which cloud param- who may not use a particular ISCCP data product but eters can be derived; 2) coordinate world research on could use some ancillary information (such as the map techniques for inferring the physical properties of grid definition, topography, snow and ice cover)]; clouds from satellite measurements; 3) produce and 2) more information about the main data products in validate a global cloud climatology; 4) promote re- several different forms (e.g., illustrations of the cloud search using ISCCP datasets to improve parameteri- analysis method) and more flexible access to the full zations of clouds in climate models; and 5) improve documentation;
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Feb 1, 2004
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