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

Tropospheric Composition

Tropospheric Composition


Measurements of chemical constituents in the atmosphere including the major (non-H2O) greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4, CFC, N2O).


Details Definition/Description Spatial Coverage Temporal Coverage

ARB 48-inch LIDAR

Aerosol Research Branch (ARB): ground-based 48-inch LIDAR system providing high resolution vertical measurements.

The ARB_48_IN_LIDAR data set contains data collected from a 48-inch Lidar system located at NASA Langley Research Center....Read more

37.1N Lat., 76.3W Lon. NASA Langley Research Center 06/14/1982 - 12/04/2001

Biomass Burning

Biomass Burning:
This data set represents the geographical and temporal distribution of total amount of biomass burned. These data may be used in general circulation models (GCMs) and in photochemical models of the atmosphere.

Biomass burning includes the clearing of forests and...Read more

Central & South America, Africa, Tropical Asia 01/01/1980 - 12/31/1980


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


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


Measurement of Air Pollution from Satellites (MAPS) data were collected during Space Shuttle flights in 1981, 1984 and 1994. The main pollutant measured was carbon monoxide (CO). The spatial coverage of the data is 70N to 70S...Read more

(-70,70)(-180,180) Relevant to each experiment


Measurements Of Pollution In The Troposphere (MOPITT) was successfully launched into sun-synchronous polar orbit aboard Terra, NASA's first Earth Observing System spacecraft on December 18, 1999...Read more

Global 03/03/2000 - 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


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