A multi-sensor, 6-hourly cloud liquid water product is scheduled to be released in 2005.
Cloud Liquid Water is a measure of the total liquid water contained in a vertical column of atmosphere. It does NOT include solid water (snow, ice).
Clouds are an interesting area of research with regards to climate. They function as both a warming greenhouse influence as well as a cooling factor as they increase the Earth’s albedo, reflecting incoming solar energy back into space. Clouds could provide positive and negative feedback to a changing climate.
Currently available liquid water products
|SSM/I||www.remss.com/ssmi||1987 – present|
|TMI||www.remss.com/tmi||1997 – present|
|AMSR-E||www.remss.com/amsre||2002 – present|