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MOPITT Imagery for California Fires
The Measurement of Pollution in the Troposphere (MOPITT) instrument is flying on board NASA's Terra satellite. It observes CO in the troposphere through thermal and near infrared channels.The imagery clearly shows enhanced levels of CO associated with the Camp and Woolsey wildfires in northern and southern California, respectively. The high CO west of Mexico may be an aged part of the Woolsey/Camp plumes, based on the location of high CO the day before and on the smoke trajectories shown by the MODIS visible images.
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CALIPSO and CloudSat over Typhoon Yutu
Typhoon Yutu near the coast of Japan on October 28, 2018. Data from the CALIPSO lidar and CloudSat radar appear as vertical slices in the atmosphere. CALIPSO lidar data is visualized as a bluish slice, with red and yellow colors denoting more scattering off of clouds and aerosols. CloudSat radar data is superimposed on the CALIPSO slice in brighter colors.
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CALIPSO and CloudSat Over Hurricane Maria and Tropical Storm José

Hurricane Maria near the Caribbean Sea and Tropical Storm José off the northeast U.S. coast on September 20, 2017. Data from the CALIPSO lidar and CloudSat radar appear as vertical slices in the atmosphere. CALIPSO lidar data is visualized as a bluish slice, with red and yellow colors denoting more scattering off of clouds and aerosols. CloudSat radar data is superimposed on the CALIPSO slice in brighter colors. Areas of heavier precipitation, found in each storm’s spiral bands, appear in red and pink.
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Ash from the Kilauea Eruption

Ash from the Kilauea Eruption On May 6, 2018, at approximately 11 a.m. local time, the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument on NASA's Terra satellite captured this view of the island as it passed overhead. Much of the island was shrouded by clouds, including the fissure on its eastern point. However, an eruption plume is visible streaming southwest over the ocean. The MISR instrument is unique in that it has nine cameras that view Earth at different angles: one pointing downward, four at various angles in the forward direction, and four in the backward direction. This image shows the view from one of MISR's forward-pointing cameras (60 degrees), which shows the plume more distinctly than the near-vertical views.
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CERES FM6 First Light Imagery

Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System Flight Model 6 (CERES FM6) opened its cover on Jan. 5, 2018 allowing it to scan Earth for the first time. The instrument is one of five that launched Nov. 18, 2017 on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System 1 (JPSS-1), and is the seventh and final copy since the first CERES instrument was launched in 1997. FM6 is the most accurate broadband radiometer that NASA/NOAA has flown that measures the solar energy reflected by Earth, heat the planet emits, and the role of clouds in that process.
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MISR Aoba Volcano Plume

The Aoba volcano located on Ambae, one of the Vanuatu Island chain in the SW Pacific, began showing heightened activity on August 30, 2017. This image shows a Terra/MODIS image from Worldview taken March 16, 2018 of a Multi-Angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) observed plume reaching ~5km. Accurate plume heights are needed to determine the influence of volcanic eruptions, but are difficult to obtain due to the hazardous nature of volcanic eruptions. Stereo images from NASA's MISR make it possible to retrieve plume height in ongoing eruptions using  parallax.
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Toolsets for Airborne Data

The Toolsets for Airborne Data (TAD), developed at the Atmospheric Science Data Center (ASDC) at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) to promote the airborne data use, has added additional data sets! Now available is the entire NASA Deriving Information on Surface Conditions from COlumn and VERtically Resolved Observations Relevant to Air Quality (DISCOVER-AQ) Campaign including Maryland, Texas, California, and Colorado. To order and download the aircraft data sets you can access TAD at: https://tad.larc.nasa.gov.

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DAAC Updates

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MOPITT V8 Release Announcement

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
The MOPITT team is releasing Version 8 (V8) Level 2 (L2) and Level 3 (L3) retrievals from the Thermal Infrared Radiance (TIR) MOPITT channels, with Near-Infrared (NIR) and Joint (TIR+NIR) Radiances.

SAGE III-ISS Version 5.1 Announcement

Monday, January 28, 2019

The NASA Langley Atmospheric Sciences Data Center (ASDC) and the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) III/ International Space Station (ISS) team announce the public release of Version 5.1.

CALIPSO CALIOP V1.00 L3 Cloud Occurrence Formal Release Announcement

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The CALIPSO mission team, in collaboration with the Atmospheric Science Data Center (ASDC) at NASA Langley Research Center and HYGEOS/AERIS/ICARE Data Center and Services Center, announces the release of a new CALIOP Level 3 Cloud Occurrence Product:

 

CALIPSO CALIOP V1.00 L2 Blowing Snow Announcement

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The CALIPSO mission team, in collaboration with the Atmospheric Science Data Center (ASDC) at NASA Langley Research Center and HYGEOS/AERIS/ICARE Data and Services Center announces the release of a new CALIOP Level 2 Blowing Snow - Antarctica Monthly Pr