CLDCR_L2_VIIRS_SNPP - VIIRS/SNPP Cirrus Reflectance 6-min L2 Swath 750m

Platform: Suomi-NPP
Instrument: VIIRS
Processing Level: Level-2
Data Format: netCDF4
Spatial Resolution: 750 m
Temporal Resolution: 6 minute
ArchiveSets: 5110
Collection: NPP VIIRS collection 1.0 (ArchiveSet 5110)
Data Authors: Bo-Cai Gao, Rong-Rong Li
Dataset Originator/Creator: Cirrus Reflectance team, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC
PGE Number: NONE
File Naming Convention:


  • ESDT: Earth Science Data Type or Shortname
  • A: Stands for Acquisition
  • YYYYDDD: Data acquisition year and Day-of-year
  • HHMM: Acquisition Hour and Minute
  • CCC: Version ID of the data collection
  • YYYYDDDHHMMSS: Processing year, Day-of-year, UTC time (hour, minutes, seconds)
  • Format: File format suffix, which in the above case represents netCDF4
Citation: We kindly request that you cite the use of this data set in a publication using the following references:

Gao, B., & Li, R. (2017). Removal of thin cirrus scattering effects in Landsat 8 OLI images using the cirrus detecting channels, Remote Sensing, 9, 834 (doi:10.3390/rs908-834).

Gao, B., Yang, P., Han, W., Li, R., & Wiscombe, W. (2002). An algorithm using visible and 1.38-µm channels to retrieve cirrus cloud reflectances from aircraft and satellite data, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 40, 1659–1668.

Gao, B., Kaufman, Y., Han, W., & Wiscombe, W. (1998). Correction of thin cirrus path radiance in the 0.4-1.0 µm spectral region using the sensitive 1.375-µm cirrus detecting channel, J. Geophys. Res., 103, 32169-32176.

Gao, B., & Kaufman, Y. (1995). Selection of the 1.375-µm MODIS channel for remote sensing of cirrus clouds and stratospheric aerosols from space, J. Atm. Sci., 52, 4231-4237.
Gao, B., Goetz, A., & Wiscombe, W. (1993). Cirrus cloud detection from airborne imaging spectrometer data using the 1.38 µm water vapor band, Geophys. Res. Lett., 20, 301-304.
Keywords: SNPP VIIRS, L2 Swath, 750 m, 6-Minute, Cirrus Reflectance