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AERONET AErosol RObotic NETwork
AGS Application Ground Segment
AOD Aerosol Optical Depth
AIRS Atmospheric InfraRed Sounder
AMSR-E Special Sensor Microwave/Imager
ASTER Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer
AVHRR Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer
BRDF Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function
BSRN Baseline Surface Radiation Network
CA Cloud Amount
CALIPSO Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation
CERES Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System
CLOUDSAT Cloud satellite mission operated by NASA
CM Cloud Mask
CM-SAF Climate Monitoring - Satellite Application Facility
CNRS Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research)
COD Cloud Optical Depth
COT Cloud Optical Thickness
CPH Cloud (thermodynamic) PHase
CTT cloud top temperature
CTP cloud top pressure
CTH cloud top height
DISORT DIScrete Ordinate Radiative Transfer
DLR (e.V.) Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (energie und Verkehr)
DWD Deutscher WetterDienst
ECC European Cloud Climatology
ECMWF European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
ENVISAT ENVIronmental SATellite
ERBE Earth Radiation Budget Experiment
ESA European Space Agency
EUMETSAT European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites
GERB Geostationary Earth Radiation Budget
GEWEX Global Energy and Water Cycle EXperiment
GISS Goddard Institute for Space Studies
GMS Geostationary Meteorological Satellite
GOES Geostationary Operational Environment Satellite
GSFC Goddard Space Flight Center
HRV High Resolution Visible (channel)
IASI Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer
IPA Independent Pixel Approximation
IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
IR Infrared
ISCCP International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project
IWP (cloud) ice water path
libRadtran library for Radiative transfer
LUT Look Up Table
LWP (cloud) liquid water path
MERIS MEdium Range Imaging Spectrometer
MISR Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer
MODIS Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
METEOSAT Meteorological satellite
MPEF Meteorological Product Extraction
MSG Meteosat Second Generation
MTG Meteosat Third Generation
MWR MicroWave Radiometer
MYSTIC Monte Carlo code for the phYsically incorrect Tracing of photons In Cloudy atmospheres
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NCAR National Center for Atmospheric Research
NESDIS National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service
NIR Near-infrared
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NWP Numerical Weather Prediction model
OLR Outgoing Longwave Radiation
OPAC Optical Properties of Aerosols and Clouds
PDF Probability Density Function
RAL Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
REF Effective Radius
RMSD Root Mean Square Deviation
RTM Radiative Transfer Model
SBDART Santa Barbara Discrete ordinate Atmospheric Radiative Transfer
SEVIRI Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager
SHDOM Spherical Harmonics Discrete Ordinate Method
SYNOP Surface SYNOPtic Observations
TOA Top Of Atmosphere
U-MARF Unified-Meteorological Archiving and Retrieval Facility
UTC Universal Time Coordinated
UV Ultra-Violett
VIS Visible
WCRP World Climate Research Programme
WMO World Meteorological Organization
WRDC World Radiation Data Center
WV Water-Vapor