Articles | Volume 19, issue 11
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 7547–7565, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-7547-2019
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 7547–7565, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-7547-2019

Research article 05 Jun 2019

Research article | 05 Jun 2019

Cloud responses to climate variability over the extratropical oceans as observed by MISR and MODIS

Andrew Geiss and Roger Marchand

Data sets

Teleconnections: AAO, AO, NAO, PNA NOAA Climate Prediction Center (CPC) https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/precip/CWlink/daily_ao_index/teleconnections.shtml

The Climate Data Guide: North Pacific (NP) Index by Trenberth and Hurrell; monthly and winter J. Hurrell and National Center for Atmospheric Research Staff (Eds) https://climatedataguide.ucar.edu/climate-data/north-pacific-np-index-trenberth-and-hurrell-monthly-and-winter

A Review of Cloud Top Height and Optical Depth Histograms from MISR, ISCCP, and MODIS (http://climserv.ipsl.polytechnique.fr/cfmip-obs/Misr.html) R. Marchand, T. Ackerman, M. Smyth, and W. Rossow https://doi.org/10.1029/2009JD013422

CERES SSF 1∘ Product Information N. Loeb and NASA LARC https://ceres.larc.nasa.gov/products.php?product=SSF1deg

User Guide for the Collection 6 Level-2 OD06/MYD06 Product and Associated Level-3 Datasets S. Platnick et al. http://modis-atmos.gsfc.nasa.gov/_docs/90 C6MOD06OPUserGuide.pdfTS28

MODIS Aqua S. Platnick et al. https://doi.org/10.5067/MODIS/MOD08_M3.006

MODIS Terra S. Platnick et al. https://doi.org/10.5067/MODIS/MYD08_M3.006

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Short summary
The 13-year trends in cloud occurrence, observed by NASA's Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer, over the world's extratropical ocean basins are compared to trends in meteorological variables. We identify several patterns of changing cloud occurrence that correspond to specific patterns in trending meteorology. We find that many of these trends are related to changes in major modes of climate variability.
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