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LBA-ECO CD-03 Cloud Base-Backscatter Data, km 67 Tower Site, Tapajos National Forest

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Data setLBA-ECO CD-03 Cloud Base-Backscatter Data, km 67 Tower Site, Tapajos National Forest
Release date2009-09-29
ProjectLarge Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere
Time Period2001-04-07 to 2003-12-22


A Vaisala CT-25K ceilometer was installed at an old-growth forest site located at the km 67 Eddy Flux Tower site in the Tapajos National Forest, Para, Brazil, off Kilometer 67 of BR-163 south of Santarem in April 2001 and remained operational through December 2003, with reliable data being collected between May 2001 and June 2003. Annual, 2001 to 2003, 30-minute average cloud base and backscatter profile data and measurement statistics (sample count, variance, skewness, and kurtosis) are presented in 15 ASCII comma-delineated files. In addition, the cloud base values (m) and measurement statistics for the three reported cloud base levels have been consolidated in 3 annual comma-separated files. The ceilometer provides 15-second measurements of cloud base (three levels up to 7500 m), echo intensity, and a 30-m resolution backscatter profile. The ceilometer reports vertical visibility during periods when the sky is obscured but a cloud base is not detectable. The ceilometer was operational for a sufficient amount of time to examine wet-to-dry season variations in cloud cover fraction and cloud base height.


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Czikowsky, M.J. 2009. LBA-ECO CD-03 Cloud Base-Backscatter Data, km 67 Tower Site, Tapajos National Forest. ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.
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Large Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere : The Large-Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia (LBA) is an intensive scientific investigation of the tropical rainforest of Brazil and portions of adjacent countries. Like FIFE and BOREAS, this project uses intensive remote-sensing techniques and ground-based experiments to investigate the atmosphere-biosphere-hydrosphere dynamics of this large tropical region. The LBA Project encompasses several scientific disciplines, or components. The LBA-ECO component focuses on the question: "How do tropical forest conversion, regrowth, and selective logging influence carbon storage, nutrient dynamics, trace gas fluxes, and the prospect for sustainable land use in Amazonia?"

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  • CD03_Ceilometer_Km67_Methods.pdf
  • CD03_Ceilometer_Km67.pdf

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Data File (Granule)File SizeDates
CD03_Ceilometer_Sample_Count_2001.csv 9.6 MB 2001-04-07 - 2001-12-31
CD03_Ceilometer_Kurtosis_2003.csv 12.7 MB 2003-01-01 - 2003-12-22
CD03_Ceilometer_cloud_level_only_2003.csv 990.1 KB 2003-01-01 - 2003-12-22
CD03_Ceilometer_cloud_level_only_2001.csv 1.0 MB 2001-04-07 - 2001-12-31
CD03_Ceilometer_Kurtosis_2001.csv 13.2 MB 2001-04-07 - 2001-12-31
CD03_Ceilometer_Kurtosis_2002.csv 17.7 MB 2002-01-01 - 2002-12-31
CD03_Ceilometer_Skewness_2002.csv 17.4 MB 2001-04-07 - 2001-12-31
CD03_Ceilometer_Variance_2003.csv 12.2 MB 2003-01-01 - 2003-12-22
CD03_Ceilometer_Skewness_2001.csv 12.9 MB 2001-04-07 - 2001-12-31
CD03_Ceilometer_Backscatter_2003.csv 12.7 MB 2003-01-01 - 2003-12-22
CD03_Ceilometer_Backscatter_2001.csv 11.7 MB 2001-04-07 - 2001-12-31
CD03_Ceilometer_Backscatter_2002.csv 15.9 MB 2002-01-01 - 2002-12-31
CD03_Ceilometer_Skewness_2003.csv 12.7 MB 2003-01-01 - 2003-12-22
CD03_Ceilometer_Sample_Count_2003.csv 9.5 MB 2003-01-01 - 2003-12-22
CD03_Ceilometer_Variance_2001.csv 11.5 MB 2001-04-07 - 2001-12-31
CD03_Ceilometer_cloud_level_only_2002.csv 1.4 MB 2002-01-01 - 2002-12-31
CD03_Ceilometer_Variance_2002.csv 15.6 MB 2002-01-01 - 2002-12-31
CD03_Ceilometer_Sample_Count_2002.csv 13.0 MB 2002-01-01 - 2002-12-31

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