Cloud Liquid Water

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 RSS SSM/ 1987 – present
TMI RSS SSM/ 1997 – present
AMSR-E RSS SSM/ 2002 – present