Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS)
Data and Information
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 will provide vertical profiles at three wavelengths, orbiting between ~230 and ~270 miles above the Earth's surface at a 51-degree inclination with nearly a three-day repeat cycle. For the first time, it will allow scientist to study diurnal (day-to-night) changes in cloud and aerosol effects from space by observing the same spot on Earth at different times each day.
Calibrated L1A data, annotated with ancillary meteorological data, and processed to sensor units.
Data from CATS will be used to derive properties of cloud/aerosol layers at three wavelengths (355, 532, 1064 nm) including:
Depolarization-based discrimination of particle type