Abstract: AIRS/Aqua Level 3 pentad quantization product in physical units (Without HSB).
The geophysical parameters have been averaged and binned into 1 x 1 deg grid cells, from -180.0 to +180.0 deg longitude and from -90.0 to +90.0 deg latitude. For each grid map of 4-byte floating-point mean values there is a corresponding 4-byte floating-point map of standard deviation and a ... 2-byte integer grid map of counts. The counts map provides the user with the number of points per bin that were included in the mean and can be used to generate custom multi-day maps from the daily gridded products.
The geophysical parameters are: Skin Temperature, Surface Air Temperature, Air Temperature, Tropopause, Precipitable Water, Water Vapor, Cloud Amount/Frequency, Cloud Height, Cloud Top Pressure, Cloud Top Temperature, Reflectance, Emissivity, Sea Surface Temperature, Ozone, Surface Pressure, Cloud Vertical Distribution.
(The Shortname for this product is AIRX3QP5). With the availability of newly released V6 products, this product is no longer produced effective 2013/02/28.
AIRS data support home page at Goddard Earth Sciences Data Information and Service Center/Distributed Active Archive Center (GES DISC DAAC). Online documentation, software to read, visualize and analyze AIRS data and data access information are available from this web site.
The L3Q products combine the Level 2 standard data parameters over grid cells of 5 x 5 deg spatial extent for temporal periods of five days and one month. The report for each grid cell provides a number of representative values and their associated weights. The sample of lower level data points with the same representative is called a “cluster”, and its representative is the “cluster mean”. ... Cluster membership is determined by assigning lower level data points to clusters so that that the errors between original values and their representatives are minimized. This constraint prevents the creation of single-data-point clusters.
As a general rule, Level 2 retrieved quantities whose quality indicators are “best” (=0) or “good” (=1) are included in the data that generate the L3Q product. Users MUST read information contained within the two documents below to avoid misuse of the L3Q products in their research.