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Cloud Liquid Water

Other Names

CLW, Liquid Water Content, LWC, Total Cloud Liquid Water/Ice


It is the amount of liquid water per unit volume of air
Cloud Liquid Water is usually expressed either in g/m3 or g/kg. It varies greatly from cloud to cloud. On the average, for a typical cloud it varies from 0.05 to 3 g/m3 . Cloud Liquid Water plays an important role in the transport of energy (latent heat) in the earth-atmosphere system.


(1) Global energy budget (3) Greenhouse effect
(2) Climate change (4) Global warming

GES DISC Datasets

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Click on the corresponding 'Data access' links in the table below to access products containing specific parameter.

Parameter Units Platform /Instrument Data Products
Begin Date End Date Data Access Doc
Cloud Ice/Water Content g/m3 Aura/MLS 2004-08-08 Current ML2IWC Y
Total Cloud Liquid Water kg/m2 Aqua/AIRS 2002-08-30 Current AIRX2SUP Y
AIRS Level3 Y
Cloud Liquid Water Content (14 layers) g/m3 TRMM/TMI 1997-12-07 Current TRMM_2A12 Y
TRMM/PR 1997-12-07 Current TRMM_3B31 Y

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