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


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


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


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


The Nimbus-7 Earth Radiation Budget (ERB) instrument began recording data on November 16, 1978 and continued through June 20, 1980. The principal products are nine years of global albedo, outgoing longwave, and net radiation plus continuing solar irradiance measurements. The

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Global 11/16/1978 - 12/13/1993


The NASA MEaSUREs program began in 2008 and has the goal of creating stable, community accepted Earth System Data Records (ESDRs) for a variety of geophysical time series. A reanalysis and extension of the NASA Water Vapor Project (NVAP), called...Read more

Global 1988- 2009


The NASA/GEWEX Surface Radiation Budget (SRB) Release-3.0 data sets contain global 3-hourly, daily, monthly/3-hourly, and monthly averages of surface and top-of atmosphere (TOA) longwave and shortwave radiative parameters on a 1°x1° grid. Model...Read more

Global 07/01/1983 - 12/31/2007


SUbsonic aircraft: Contrail & Clouds Effects Special Study (SUCCESS) is a NASA field program using scientifically instrumented aircraft and ground based measurements to investigate the...Read more

36.6N Lat. 97.5W Lon. 04/12/1996 - 05/02/1996