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Aerosols

Aerosols

 

Suspension of particles of condensed matter (liquid, solid, or mixed) in a carrier gas (usually air). Aerosols are important in the atmosphere as nuclei for the condensation of water droplets and ice crystals, as participants in various chemical cycles, and as absorbers and scatterers of solar radiation, thereby influencing the radiation budget of the earth-atmosphere system, which in turn influences the climate on the surface of the Earth.

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Projects Definition/Description Spatial Coverage Temporal Coverage

INTEX-A

INtercontinental Chemical Transport EXperiment - North America Phase (INTEX-A) is an integrated atmospheric field experiment performed over North America. It seeks to understand the transport and transformation of gases and... Read more

North American Relevant to each mission

LASE

Lidar Atmospheric Sensing Experiment (LASE) is an airborne autonomous DIfferential Absorption Lidar (DIAL) system developed to measure water vapor, aerosol, and cloud profiles. These measurements can be used in various... Read more

Relevant to each field experiment Relevant to each field experiment

LITE

Lidar In-space Technology Experiment (LITE) used a laser, a telescope approximately 1 meter in diameter, and a modular design. The system was used to study clouds, tropospheric and stratospheric aerosols, characteristics of the... Read more

60N to 60S Lat. to 180E to 180W Lon. 09/10/1994 - 09/19/1994

MISR

The Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) was successfully launched into sun-synchronous polar orbit aboard Terra, NASA's first Earth Observing System (EOS) spacecraft, on December 18, 1999. MISR measurements are designed... Read more

Global 03/01/2000 - Present

MY NASA DATA

Mentoring and inquirY using NASA Data on Atmospheric and earth science for Teachers and Amateurs:
easy online access to satellite data, images, lesson plans, earth science glossary and more for K-12 education and citizen scientists.Read more

Varies Varies

NARSTO

NARSTO (formerly North American Research Strategy for Tropospheric Ozone) is a public/private partnership, whose membership spans government, the utilities, industry, and academe throughout Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Its primary mission is to... Read more

North America Relevant to each experiment

POAM II

Polar Ozone and Aerosol Measurement (POAM) II instrument measures the vertical distribution of atmospheric ozone, nitrogen dioxide, and aerosol extinction. The instrument was developed by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). POAM II was launched aboard the French SPOT... Read more

Lat: -88.11 to -62.55 and 54.68 to 71.01 10/15/1993 - 11/13/1996

POAM III

Polar Ozone and Aerosol Measurement (POAM) III instrument measures the vertical distribution of atmospheric ozone, water vapor, nitrogen dioxide, and aerosol extinction. The instrument was developed by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). POAM III was launched aboard... Read more

Lat: -88.11 to -62.55 and 54.68 to 71.01 04/22/1998 - 12/05/2005

SAGE I

The Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) I instrument was launched February 18, 1979, aboard the Applications Explorer Mission-B (AEM-B) satellite (McCormick et al., 1979). The SAGE I instrument had four spectral... Read more

80N to 80S, 180E to 180W 02/18/1979 - 11/18/1981

SAGE II

The goals of the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) II are to determine the spatial distributions of stratospheric aerosols, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, water vapor, and cloud occurrence by mapping vertical profiles... Read more

80N to 80S, 180E to 180W 10/24/1984 - 08/31/2005

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