Solar radiation enters the Earth's atmosphere with a portion being scattered by clouds and aerosols.

Processing, archiving and distributing Earth science data
at the NASA Langley Research Center




A visible aggregate of minute water droplets and/or ice crystals in the atmosphere above the Earth's surface.


Projects Definition/Description Spatial Coverage Temporal Coverage


Airborne Multi-angle Spectro Polarimetric Imager (AirMSPI) is an airborne prototype instrument similar to that of the future satellite-borne MSPI instrument for obtaining multi-angle polarization imagery....Read more

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Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) 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...Read more

Global 06/13/2006 - Present


The Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) is a lidar remote sensing instrument that will provide range-resolved profile measurements of atmospheric aerosols and clouds from the International Space Station (ISS). CATS is intended...Read more



The Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) is a key component of the Earth Observing System (EOS) program. The CERES instruments provide radiometric measurements of the Earth's atmosphere from...Read more

Global 12/27/1997 - Present


The Chesapeake Lighthouse and Aircraft Measurements for Satellites (CLAMS) field campaign was conducted from NASA Wallops Flight Facility covering the middle Atlantic eastern seaboard from July 10 - August 3,...Read more

Middle Atlantic Eastern Seaboard 06/29/2001 - 08/03/2001


Deep Space Climate ObserVatoRy (formerly known as Triana) was originally conceived in the late 1990s as a NASA Earth science mission that would provide a near continuous view of Earth and...Read more

Global 06/08/2015 - Present


The First ISCCP Regional Experiments (FIRE) have been designed to improve data products and cloud/radiation parameterizations used in general circulation models (GCMs). Specifically, the goals of FIRE are (1) to improve basic...Read more

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International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP) focuses on the distribution and variation of cloud radiative properties to improve the understanding of the effects of clouds on climate, the radiation...Read more

Global 07/01/1983 - 12/31/2009


International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP) - Making Earth Science Data Records for Use in R...Read more

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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

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