2.4. GOES ABI L2 Aerosol


Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-16/17) Advanced Baseline Imagers (ABIs) Data - Level 2 Aerosol Products


Sample image

Image frm NOAA/SSD

Recommended use

Evaluating air quality, visibility, and dust with remotely-sensed data

File format


Location of data

GOES-16: https://console.cloud.google.com/storage/browser/gcp-public-data-goes-16

GOES-17: https://console.cloud.google.com/storage/browser/gcp-public-data-goes-17

Note: There are other government institutions, cloud providers, and research institutions that provide this data.

Access restrictions

None (when using Google Cloud)

Spatial resolution, grid, or coverage

Full disk, CONUS/PACUS, and mesoscale domains

The GOES-16 is centered equatorially at 75.2 W. GOES-17 is centered at 137.2 W.

The IR channels of ABI have 2-km spatial resolution at nadir.

Temporal resolution

Full disk: 5-15 min

CONUS: 5 min

Mesoscale: 30-60 s

Starting and/or ending dates

2017-Present for aerosol optical depth (on Google Cloud)

2019-Present for aerosol detection (on Google Cloud)

Data latency

~10 min

Variables available

ABI L2 aerosol detection (ADP)

ABI L2 aerosol optical depth (AOD)

METplus Use Cases

Link to METplus Use Cases for this dataset.



Current Dataset: VxDataGOESLEV2AERO


Data Labels: DataTypeGridded, DataLevelSatellite, DataProviderNASA, DataApplicationShortRange