CALIPSO

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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

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CALIPSO day and night cloud fraction estimates (low, middle, high, total, clear) for June, 15,2006. - MapLowMidHigh file contains maps of Low-Mid-High cloud fractions, total cloud fraction and clear fraction. [Climate Data Guide; D. Shea;http://www.ncl.ucar.edu/Applications/calipso.shtml]

CALIPSO day and night total cloud fraction on June 6, 2006. [Climate Data Guide; D. Shea; http://www.ncl.ucar.edu/Applications/calipso.shtml

Monthly mean (December 2010) vertical profiles of cloud fraction. [Climate Data Guide; D. Shea; http://www.ncl.ucar.edu/Applications/calipso.shtml]

Monthly mean (December 2010) cross sections of cloud fraction. [Climate Data Guide; D. Shea; http://www.ncl.ucar.edu/Applications/calipso.shtml]

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