Implementation of the NOAA Unique CrIS/ATMS processing System (NUCAPS) within the Community Satellite Processing Package (CSPP)

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Wednesday, 5 February 2014: 9:00 AM
Room C111 (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Christopher D. Barnet, STC, Columbia, MD; and D. M. Goldberg, L. E. Gumley, A. Gambacorta, E. Maddy, and T. King

The NOAA Unique CrIS/ATMS processing System (NUCAPS) is the operational retrieval system for sounding products from the Suomi National-Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP). The algorithm was originally developed by the NASA Sounding Team for sounding products from the Aqua satellite. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS) center for Satellite Application and Research (STAR) ported this algorithm for operational use with the EUMETSAT Metop-A/B and, more recently, the Suomi-NPP. In the Suomi-NPP application, the NUCAPS system produces cloud-cleared radiances from Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) field-of-regard that is co-located with the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS). Numerous environmental data products (EDR) are derived from the cloud cleared radiances including cloud and surface products, profiles of atmospheric temperature, moisture, ozone and other trace gases. NOAA/NESDIS/STAR has demonstrated the robust operation of this algorithm and validated the EDR products.

In this presentation we will describe the implementation of NUCAPS into the Community Satellite Processing Package (CCSP). CSPP supports the Direct Broadcast (DB) meteorological and environmental satellite community through the packaging, and distribution of open source science software in over 60 countries. CSPP also supports training in local product applications. We will demonstrate the capabilities of the CSPP-NUCAPS system with a focus on utilizing direct broadcast products from Aqua, Metop, and Suomi-NPP within polar applications.