Climate Data

CALIPSO

CALIPSO (Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations ) was launched on April 28, 2006 to study the impact of clouds and aerosols on the Earth's radiation budget and climate. It flies in formation with five other satellites in the international "A-Train" constellation for coincident Earth observations. The CALIPSO satellite comprises three instruments, the Cloud-Aerosol LIdar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP), the Imaging Infrared Radiometer (IIR), and the Wide Field Camera (WFC). CALIPSO is a joint satellite mission between NASA and the French Agency, CNES.

The CALIPSO-GOCCP (GCM Oriented Cloud Calipso Product) is designed to evaluate GCM cloudiness. CALIPSO-GOCCP contains observational cloud diagnostics fully consistent with the ones simulated by the ensemble. See: COSP

Years of Record

2006/06 to 2017/01
temporal metadataID:
CAL_LID_L3_APro_AllSky-Standard-V3-00_V3-00

Formats

Timestep

Sub-daily | Daily

Data Time Period Extended?

yes, data set is extended

Domain

Vertical Levels

Earth system components and main variables

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National Center for Atmospheric Research Staff (Eds). Last modified 03 Mar 2017. "The Climate Data Guide: CALIPSO." Retrieved from https://climatedataguide.ucar.edu/climate-data/calipso.

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