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Arctic Cloud Summer Expedition (ACSE): composite cloud layer data for Icebreaker Oden

Update Frequency: Not Planned
Latest Data Update: 2018-03-22
Status: Final
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Citable
Publication Date: 2018-04-14
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 1 Files | 6MB


This dataset contains derived cloud layer measurements of Icebreaker Oden utilising data from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science's Atmospheric Measurement Facility's (NCAS AMF) Halo Doppler lidar and NOAA cloud radar on board Icebreaker Oden durning Arctic Cloud Summer Expedition (ACSE). ACSE took place in the Arctic during summer 2014. These measurements were used to complement a suite of other observations taken during the cruise. Those of the UK contribution, as well as selected other data, are available within the associated data collection in the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA) archives. Other cruise data may be available in the NOAA ACSE and The Bolin Centre for Climate Research SWERUS (SWEdish-Russian-US) holdings - see online resources linked to this record.

The data provide altitudes of cloud base and top for the first two cloud layers. Cloud base was established from the laser ceilometer (base of liquid cloud) whist he cloud top was established from the cloud radar data.

Where fog was detected, the fog top altitude from the radar data is given. Note: it was possible for the radar to detect a cloud top where the laser ceilometer was not able to detecte a cloud base.

These data were prepared for archiving as NetCDF data at the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA) by Ian Brooks, University of Leeds.

The Arctic Cloud Summer Expedition (ACSE) was a collaboration between the University of Leeds, the University of Stockholm, and NOAA-CIRES. ACSE aimed to study the response of Arctic boundary layer cloud to changes in surface conditions in the Arctic Ocean as a working package of the larger Swedish-Russian-US Investigation of Climate, Cryosphere and Carbon interaction (SWERUS-C3) Expedition in Summer 2014. This expedition was a core component to the overall SWERUS-C3 programme and was supported by the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat.

ACSE took place during a 3-month cruise of the Swedish Icebreaker Oden from Tromso, Norway to Barrow, Alaska and back over the summer of 2014. During this cruise ACSE scientists measured surface turbulent exchange, boundary layer structure, and cloud properties. Many of the measurements used remote sensing approaches - radar, lidar, and microwave radiometers - to retrieve vertical profiles of the dynamic and microphysical properties of the lower atmosphere and cloud.

The UK participation of ACSE was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC, grant: NE/K011820/1) and involved instrumentation from the Atmospheric Measurement Facility of the UK's National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS AMF). This dataset collection contains data mainy from the UK contribution with some additional data from other institutes also archived to complement the suite of meteorological measurements.

Citable as:  Shupe, M.; Achtert, P.; Persson, P.O.G. (2018): Arctic Cloud Summer Expedition (ACSE): composite cloud layer data for Icebreaker Oden. Centre for Environmental Data Analysis, date of citation. doi:10.5285/3b1effa4b6554366b9ad571fc32a6f7d.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: turbulent fluxes, meteorology, winds, wind speed


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Data were collected, quality controlled and prepared for archiving by the instrument scientists before upload to the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA) for long term archiving.

Data Quality:
Data quality were checked by the ACSE project data author before supplying to CEDA. Further information on quality may be available in related documentation.
File Format:
Data are CF-compliant NetCDF formatted.

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This dataset was generated by instruments deployed on platforms as listed below.
Output Description


  • units: m
  • var_id: base1
  • long_name: first cloud base height (m)
  • units: m
  • long_name: first cloud top height (m)
  • var_id: top1
  • units: m
  • long_name: fog top height (m)
  • var_id: fog
  • units: m
  • var_id: base2
  • long_name: second cloud base height (m)
  • units: m
  • long_name: second cloud top height (m)
  • var_id: top2
  • var_id: time
  • units: days
  • long_name: time as decimal day of year
  • var_id: doy

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