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Field Campaigns

Field Campaigns


An atmospheric field campaign is an observational study planned for a specific location and a defined time period during which measurements are conducted from airborne platforms and/or ground sites to study physical and chemical processes in the atmosphere.


Projects Definition/Description Spatial Coverage Temporal Coverage


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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The Global Tropospheric Experiment (GTE) is a major component of the NASA Tropospheric Chemistry Program. GTE consists of a series of airborne field experiments designed to (1) evaluate the capability of instrument techniques to measure, under...Read more

Global Relevant to each mission


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


INtercontinental Chemical Transport EXperiment - Phase B (INTEX-B) is an integrated atmospheric field experiment performed over North America from March 1 to May 15, 2006. The first phase of the study in March will focus on Mexico City pollution outflow. The second...Read more

North American Relevant to each mission


The KORea United States-Air Quality (KORUS-AQ) field study was conducted in South Korea during May-June, 2016. The study was jointly sponsored by NASA and Korea’s National Institute of Environmental Research (...Read more

varies 05/01/2016 - 06/30/2016


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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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 MODIS Airborne Simulator (MAS) is an airborne scanning spectrometer that acquires high spatial resolution imagery of cloud and surface features from its vantage point on-board a NASA ER-2 high-altitude...Read more

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North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES) - The NAAMES project was the first NASA Earth Venture – Suborbital mission focused on studying the coupled ocean ecosystem and atmosphere. NAAMES utilizes a combination of ship-based, airborne, autonomous sensor, and...Read more

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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