Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres

  1. Author's Preface to a Special Collections

    1. Top of page
    2. Author's Preface to a Special Collections
    3. Editor's Preface to a Special Collection
    4. Regular Articles
    5. Research Articles
    1. Composition and Chemistry

      Evaluation of the Sensor Data Record from the Nadir Instruments of the Ozone Mapping Profiler Suite (OMPS)

      Xiangqian Wu, Quanhua Liu, Jian Zeng, Michael Grotenhuis, Haifeng Qian, Maria Caponi, Larry Flynn, Glen Jaross, Bhaswar Sen, Richard H. Buss Jr., William Johnsen, Scott Janz, Chunhui Pan, Jianguo Niu, Trevor Beck, Eric Beach, Wei Yu, Rama Varma Raja Mundakkara Kovilakom, Derek Stuhmer, Daniel Cumpton, Cristina Owen and Wen-Hao Li

      Accepted manuscript online: 17 FEB 2014 01:11AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020484

  2. Editor's Preface to a Special Collection

    1. Top of page
    2. Author's Preface to a Special Collections
    3. Editor's Preface to a Special Collection
    4. Regular Articles
    5. Research Articles
    1. Aerosol and Clouds

  3. Regular Articles

    1. Top of page
    2. Author's Preface to a Special Collections
    3. Editor's Preface to a Special Collection
    4. Regular Articles
    5. Research Articles
    1. Aerosol and Clouds

      Joint Polar Satellite System: The United States next generation civilian polar-orbiting environmental satellite system (pages 13,463–13,475)

      Mitchell D. Goldberg, Heather Kilcoyne, Harry Cikanek and Ajay Mehta

      Article first published online: 17 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020389

      Key Points

      • SNPP well serves NOAA mission
      • An overview and comparison of SNPP instruments and preceding instruments
      • The success of establishing a Proving Ground program
    2. The expected performance of cloud optical and microphysical properties derived from Suomi NPP VIIRS day/night band lunar reflectance (pages 13,230–13,240)

      Andi Walther, Andrew K. Heidinger and Steven Miller

      Article first published online: 9 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020478

      Key Points

      • Retrieval to derive nighttime cloud properties from lunar reflectance
      • Use of Day/Night band of VIIRS instrument
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      Suomi NPP VIIRS day-night band on-orbit performance (pages 12,705–12,718)

      L. B. Liao, Stephanie Weiss, Steve Mills and Bruce Hauss

      Article first published online: 27 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020475

      Key Points

      • Suomi NPP VIIRS day-night band on-orbit performance is characterized
      • Suomi NPP VIIRS day-night band meets most performance requirements
    4. Geolocation assessment for CrIS sensor data records (pages 12,690–12,704)

      Likun Wang, Denis A. Tremblay, Yong Han, Mark Esplin, Denise E. Hagan, Joe Predina, Lawrence Suwinski, Xin Jin and Yong Chen

      Article first published online: 26 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020376

      Key Points

      • CrIS is providing infrared radiance spectra for weather and climate studies
      • CrIS geolocation is assessed using VIIRS measurements
      • CrIS geolocation performs well to date
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      Suomi-NPP VIIRS aerosol algorithms and data products (pages 12,673–12,689)

      John M. Jackson, Hongqing Liu, Istvan Laszlo, Shobha Kondragunta, Lorraine A. Remer, Jingfeng Huang and Ho-Chun Huang

      Article first published online: 21 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020449

      Key Points

      • VIIRS aerosol retrieval algorithms are described in detail
      • VIIRS aerosol is based on MODIS heritage
      • VIIRS aerosol data products are available for evaluation
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      A physical approach for a simultaneous retrieval of sounding, surface, hydrometeor, and cryospheric parameters from SNPP/ATMS (pages 12,600–12,619)

      S.-A. Boukabara, K. Garrett, C. Grassotti, F. Iturbide-Sanchez, W. Chen, Z. Jiang, S. A. Clough, X. Zhan, P. Liang, Q. Liu, T. Islam, V. Zubko and A. Mims

      Article first published online: 19 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020448

      Key Points

      • Performances of ATMS EDRs generated by physical algorithm are good
      • Assessment in rainy conditions show degraded sounding performances over land
      • Precipitation, cryospheric, sounding, and surface products inverted consistently
    7. Suomi NPP VIIRS sensor data record verification, validation, and long-term performance monitoring (pages 11,664–11,678)

      Changyong Cao, Jack Xiong, Slawomir Blonski, Quanhua Liu, Sirish Uprety, Xi Shao, Yan Bai and Fuzhong Weng

      Article first published online: 17 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020418

      Key Points

      • Suomi NPP VIIRS is performing well based on extensive verification validation
      • VIIRS radiometric accuracy comparable to that of MODIS for RSB and TEB bands
      • The impact of RTA mirror degradation mitigated and most other issues resolved
    8. Calibration of Suomi national polar-orbiting partnership advanced technology microwave sounder (pages 11,187–11,200)

      Fuzhong Weng, Xiaolei Zou, Ninghai Sun, Hu Yang, Miao Tian, William J. Blackwell, Xiang Wang, Lin Lin and Kent Anderson

      Article first published online: 10 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/jgrd.50840

      Key Points

      • ATMS nonlinearity analysis
      • Prelaunch and on-orbit assessments of absolute accuracy
      • Analysis of ATMS instrument sensitivity
    9. Climate and Dynamics

      Automated calibration of the Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) reflective solar bands (pages 13,434–13,442)

      Kameron Rausch, Scott Houchin, Jason Cardema, Gabriel Moy, Evan Haas and Frank J. De Luccia

      Article first published online: 23 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020479

      Key Points

      • S-NPP VIIRS reflective bands are currently calibrated by look-up table updates
      • Current calibration process causes unacceptably great calibration errors
      • Automated calibration will eliminate these process related errors
    10. Noise performance of the CrIS instrument (pages 13,108–13,120)

      Vladimir Zavyalov, Mark Esplin, Deron Scott, Benjamin Esplin, Gail Bingham, Erik Hoffman, Christopher Lietzke, Joseph Predina, Rebecca Frain, Lawrence Suwinski, Yong Han, Charles Major, Brandon Graham and Lee Phillips

      Article first published online: 12 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020457

      Key Points

      • CrIS calibration/validation efforts
      • On-orbit CrIS instrument noise performance
      • Imaginary noise analysis to assess instrument performance
    11. Evaluation and assimilation of ATMS data in the ECMWF system (pages 12,970–12,980)

      Niels Bormann, Anne Fouilloux and William Bell

      Article first published online: 9 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020325

      Key Points

      • ATMS data are of expected quality
      • They have a small positive forecast impact in a full DA system
      • In a depleted system, the impact is comparable to that of one AMSU-A/MHS
    12. Snow and ice products from Suomi NPP VIIRS (pages 12,816–12,830)

      Jeffrey R. Key, Robert Mahoney, Yinghui Liu, Peter Romanov, Mark Tschudi, Igor Appel, James Maslanik, Dan Baldwin, Xuanji Wang and Paul Meade

      Article first published online: 3 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020459

      Key Points

      • VIIRS snow and ice products generally meet accuracy requirements
    13. Direct estimation of land surface albedo from VIIRS data: Algorithm improvement and preliminary validation (pages 12,577–12,586)

      Dongdong Wang, Shunlin Liang, Tao He and Yunyue Yu

      Article first published online: 27 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020417

      Key Points

      • It presents recent progress on refining VIIRS Bright Pixel Sub-Algorithm
      • It is the first study to evaluate VIIRS land surface albedo data
      • Results from the improved BPSA are better than previous satellite products
    14. Spectral calibration and validation of the Cross-track Infrared Sounder on the Suomi NPP satellite (pages 12,486–12,496)

      L. Larrabee Strow, Howard Motteler, David Tobin, Henry Revercomb, Scott Hannon, Henry Buijs, Joe Predina, Lawrence Suwinski and Ronald Glumb

      Article first published online: 25 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020480

      Key Points

      • CrIS spectral calibration is accurate to 3 ppm.
      • CrIS spectral calibration could be improved to 1 ppm.
      • CrIS calibration adequate for NWP.
    15. An initial assessment of Suomi NPP VIIRS vegetation index EDR (pages 12,301–12,316)

      M. Vargas, T. Miura, N. Shabanov and A. Kato

      Article first published online: 19 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020439

      Key Points

      • Present initial results of assessment of the VIIRS VI EDR product after launch
      • VI showed good product integrity and was found radiometrically performing well
      • VI is beta quality and users are warned that the product still contains errors
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      Impacts of assimilation of ATMS data in HWRF on track and intensity forecasts of 2012 four landfall hurricanes (pages 11,558–11,576)

      X. Zou, F. Weng, B. Zhang, L. Lin, Z. Qin and V. Tallapragada

      Article first published online: 28 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020405

      Key Points

      • The HWRF model top is raised to 0.5 hPa for an effective ATMS data assimilation
      • The HWRF cold start is changed to warm start to avoid double use of data
      • A consistent positive impact of ATMS data for TC track and intensity forecasts
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      Suomi NPP VIIRS prelaunch and on-orbit geometric calibration and characterization (pages 11,508–11,521)

      Robert E. Wolfe, Guoqing Lin, Masahiro Nishihama, Krishna P. Tewari, James C. Tilton and Alice R. Isaacman

      Article first published online: 22 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/jgrd.50873

      Key Points

      • VIIRS geolocation errors are corrected by a control point matching program
      • Sensor geometry and spatial response is characterized
      • Geolocation of other VIIRS bands is transferred by band-to-band co-registration
    18. Impacts of VIIRS SDR performance on ocean color products (pages 10,347–10,360)

      Menghua Wang, Xiaoming Liu, Liqin Tan, Lide Jiang, SeungHyun Son, Wei Shi, Kameron Rausch and Kenneth Voss

      Article first published online: 18 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/jgrd.50793

      Key Points

      • Evaluation of VIIRS SDR performance on ocean color products
      • Ocean color products are highly sensitive to the sensor on-orbit calibration
      • VIIRS has great potential to provide high quality global ocean color data
    19. Land and cryosphere products from Suomi NPP VIIRS: Overview and status (pages 9753–9765)

      Christopher O. Justice, Miguel O. Román, Ivan Csiszar, Eric F. Vermote, Robert E. Wolfe, Simon J. Hook, Mark Friedl, Zhuosen Wang, Crystal B. Schaaf, Tomoaki Miura, Mark Tschudi, George Riggs, Dorothy K. Hall, Alexei I. Lyapustin, Sadashiva Devadiga, Carol Davidson and Edward J. Masuoka

      Article first published online: 11 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/jgrd.50771

      Key Points

      • Provide an overview description of the VIIRS Land and Cryosphere products.
      • Dispel the myth that the VIIRS instrument won't provide continuity with MODIS.
      • Make the case for VIIRS Land and Cryosphere Science Products.
    20. VIIRS On-orbit Calibration Methodology and Performance

      Xiaoxiong Xiong, James Butler, Kwofu Chiang, Boryana Efremova, Jon Fulbright, Ning Lei, Jeff McIntire, Hassan Oudrari, Junqiang Sun, Zhipeng Wang and Aisheng Wu

      Accepted manuscript online: 29 OCT 2013 09:50AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020423

      Key Points

      • VIIRS On-orbit Calibration Methodology
      • VIIRS On-board Calibrators and Sensor Operation Activities
      • VIIRS On-orbit Performance
    21. Composition and Chemistry

      Validation of satellite sounder environmental data records: Application to the Cross-track Infrared Microwave Sounder Suite (pages 13,628–13,643)

      Nicholas R. Nalli, Christopher D. Barnet, Anthony Reale, David Tobin, Antonia Gambacorta, Eric S. Maddy, Everette Joseph, Bomin Sun, Lori Borg, Andrew K. Mollner, Vernon R. Morris, Xu Liu, Murty Divakarla, Peter J. Minnett, Robert O. Knuteson, Thomas S. King and Walter W. Wolf

      Article first published online: 26 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020436

      Key Points

      • A general paradigm for validation of satellite sounder EDRs is formulated
      • A treatise on the statistical techniques for EDR validation is presented
      • Application of the methodology toward S-NPP CrIMSS validation is overviewed
    22. Suomi NPP CrIS measurements, sensor data record algorithm, calibration and validation activities, and record data quality (pages 12,734–12,748)

      Yong Han, Henry Revercomb, Mike Cromp, Degui Gu, David Johnson, Daniel Mooney, Deron Scott, Larrabee Strow, Gail Bingham, Lori Borg, Yong Chen, Daniel DeSlover, Mark Esplin, Denise Hagan, Xin Jin, Robert Knuteson, Howard Motteler, Joe Predina, Lawrence Suwinski, Joe Taylor, David Tobin, Denis Tremblay, Chunming Wang, Lihong Wang, Likun Wang and Vladimir Zavyalov

      Article first published online: 25 NOV 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020344

      Key Points

      • CrIS provides high vertical resolution infrared atmospheric sounding data
      • CrIS measurement characteristics and SDR algorithms are described
      • CrIS SDR product quality is assessed and characterized
    23. Suomi-NPP CrIS radiometric calibration uncertainty (pages 10,589–10,600)

      David Tobin, Henry Revercomb, Robert Knuteson, Joe Taylor, Fred Best, Lori Borg, Dan DeSlover, Graeme Martin, Henry Buijs, Mark Esplin, Ronald Glumb, Yong Han, Daniel Mooney, Joe Predina, Larrabee Strow, Lawrence Suwinski and Likun Wang

      Article first published online: 19 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/jgrd.50809

      Key Points

      • CrIS is providing infrared radiance spectra for weather and climate studies
      • The CrIS on-orbit radiometric uncertainty is less than 0.3 K 3 sigma
      • Validation results to date confirm this radiometric uncertainty estimate
  4. Research Articles

    1. Top of page
    2. Author's Preface to a Special Collections
    3. Editor's Preface to a Special Collection
    4. Regular Articles
    5. Research Articles
    1. Aerosol and Clouds

      The VIIRS Cloud Mask: Progress in the first year of S-NPP toward a common cloud detection scheme (pages 2441–2456)

      Thomas J. Kopp, William Thomas, Andrew K. Heidinger, Denis Botambekov, Richard A. Frey, Keith D. Hutchison, Barbara D. Iisager, Kurt Brueske and Bonnie Reed

      Article first published online: 5 MAR 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020458

      Key Points

      • The VIIRS Cloud Mask is meeting most of its objectives after 1 year
      • The VIIRS Cloud Mask serves the needs of a wide variety of VIIRS applications
      • The VIIRS Cloud Mask is comparable to cloud masks from NOAA and NASA
    2. Active fires from the Suomi NPP Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite: Product status and first evaluation results (pages 803–816)

      Ivan Csiszar, Wilfrid Schroeder, Louis Giglio, Evan Ellicott, Krishna P. Vadrevu, Christopher O. Justice and Brad Wind

      Article first published online: 22 JAN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020453

      Key Points

      • The VIIRS sensor demonstrated good performance for active fire detection
      • VIIRS fire detections are consistent with coincident MODIS detections
      • The product provides reliable information for near real-time monitoring
    3. Preliminary evaluation of S-NPP VIIRS aerosol optical thickness

      Hongqing Liu, Lorraine A. Remer, Jingfeng Huang, Ho-Chun Huang, Shobha Kondragunta, Istvan Laszlo, Min Oo and John M Jackson

      Article first published online: 2 APR 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020360

      Key Points

      • VIIRS aerosol optical thickness at the Provisional maturity level is validated
      • VIIRS aerosol optical thickness is a quantitative measure of aerosol loading
      • VIIRS aerosol optical thickness is comparable to that of MODIS on a global scale
    4. Climate and Dynamics


      Boris Petrenko, Alexander Ignatov, Yury Kihai, John Stroup and Prasanjit Dash

      Accepted manuscript online: 1 APR 2014 09:36PM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020637

      Key Points

      • Regression SST algorithms for VIIRS are selected from existing SST algorithms
      • Algorithm metric is defined as area in which SST specifications are met
      • Selected algorithms emphasize angular dependencies of regression coefficients
    5. Composition and Chemistry

      OMPS Limb Profiler instrument performance assessment

      Glen Jaross, Pawan K. Bhartia, Grace Chen, Mark Kowitt, Michael Haken, Zhong Chen, Philippe Xu, Jeremy Warner and Thomas Kelly

      Article first published online: 11 APR 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020482

      Key Points

      • The OMPS Limb instrument is performing nominally
      • Sensor stray light is low
      • Instrument pointing errors are greater than expected
    6. Performance of the ozone mapping and profiler suite (OMPS) products

      L. Flynn, C. Long, X. Wu, R. Evans, C.T. Beck, I. Petropavlovskikh, G. McConville, W. Yu, Z. Zhang, J. Niu, E. Beach, Y. Hao, J. Niu, C. Pan, B. Sen, M. Novicki, S. Zhou and C. Seftor

      Accepted manuscript online: 18 FEB 2014 04:19PM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020467

      Key Points

      • OMPS nadir total column ozone and ozone profile products are performing well
      • Deficiencies have been identified but the remedies are known
      • Further improvements to the SDR will be implemented in the system soon

      Murty Divakarla, Christopher Barnet, Xu Liu, Degui Gu, Michael Wilson, Susan Kizer, Xiaozhen Xiong, Eric Maddy, Ralph Ferraro, Robert Knuteson, Denise Hagan, Xia-lin Ma, Changyi Tan, Nicholas Nalli, Anthony Reale, Andrew K Mollner, Wenze Yang, Antonia Gambacorta, Michelle Feltz, Flavio Iturbide-Sanchez, Bomin Sun and Mitch Goldberg

      Accepted manuscript online: 3 JAN 2014 01:30PM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020438

      Key Points

      • Optimization and Characterization of CrIMSS EDR Algorithm
      • Validation of CrIMSS AVTP and AVMP retrievals
      • Intercomparison of CrIMSS and AIRS Retrievals
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      Postlaunch performance of the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) nadir sensors

      C. J. Seftor, G. Jaross, M. Kowitt, M. Haken, J. Li and L. E. Flynn

      Article first published online: 11 APR 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020472

      Key Points

      • The SNPP OMPS nadir sensors are performing nominally
      • Solar calibration sequence modified in orbit to minimize diffuser features
      • The sensors are stable, with any degradation being correctable
    9. S-NPP ATMS Instrument Pre-Launch and On-Orbit Performance Evaluation

      Edward Kim, Cheng-Hsuan J. Lyu, Kent Anderson, R. Vincent Leslie and William J. Blackwell

      Accepted manuscript online: 27 MAR 2014 10:23AM EST | DOI: 10.1002/2013JD020483

      Key Points

      • First flight unit performing well
      • On-orbit evaluations of ATMS performance are presented