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23 December 1994 Improved cloud analysis for CDFS II through the SERCAA research and development program
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The Cloud Depiction and Forecasting System II (CDFS II) is a major new initiative that will transition the Air Force Global Weather Central (AFGWC) to a new satellite data processing system and include extensive changes in cloud analysis/forecasting at AFGWC. The present cloud analysis model, the RTNEPH, combines reduced resolution DMSP OLS or NOAA AVHRR data with conventional observations. The RTNEPH domain and analysis frequency are limited by its dependence on polar-orbiting satellites. In the CDFS II era (1998+), AFGWC cloud forecast models will benefit directly from improved automated nephanalysis capabilities from multiplatform sensor data. Support of Environmental Requirements for Cloud Analysis and Archive (SERCAA) project is a research and development program sponsored by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program that will provide both the next generation nephanalysis model for CDFS II and a new global cloud algorithm for use in determining the radiative and hydrological effects of clouds on climate and global change. SERCAA cloud analysis products will be available to a wide community of users both within and outside of the Department of Defense. The SERCAA project consists of two phases, the first has provided algorithms for retrieval of cloud spatial parameters for the CDFS II initiative. The second phase is concentrating on development of radiative and microphysical cloud parameter algorithms and on the archive structure.
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Ronald G. Isaacs, Gary B. Gustafson, Thomas J. Neu, and J. William Snow "Improved cloud analysis for CDFS II through the SERCAA research and development program", Proc. SPIE 2309, Passive Infrared Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere II, (23 December 1994);

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