CALIPSO (Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations) uses an innovative lidar and imaging system.
It allows us to see natural and human-produced aerosols and thin clouds that are invisible to radar, and sometimes even to the human eye.
The global 3-D perspective from CALIPSO gives us a unique chance to learn about height, amount, and type of aerosols and clouds.
The satellite was launched in 2006 and is still providing scientific researchers with information to help us better understand the air we breathe,
help improve our forecasts, and make predictions about climate changes.
CALIPSO supports a strong educational and public outreach effort aimed at providing opportunities for teachers,
K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as the general public. CALIPSO's outreach activities support
students as scientists through educator professional development, student-scientist mentoring, curriculum
resource development, and public outreach through collaborative mission efforts.
Citizen Science - Observe Clouds & Aerosols Yourself
S'COOL (Student Cloud Observations On-Line) involves students and the citizen science community in real science,
by making, reporting and analyzing ground truth observations of clouds to assist NASA in the validation of satellite instruments. Observation report form and hands-on activities
can be found on this page.
GLOBE (The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment Program) is an international program that promotes collaboration among students, teachers and scientists to conduct inquiry-based investigations about our environment. There are activities for everyone.
Need instruments for observations? CALIPSO established the GLOBE Equipment Loan Program for short-term loans of various
atmosphere instruments. Contact us if you would like more information.
Analyze CALIPSO Data & Images
GENERAL & MULTI-MEDIA RESOURCES
Jessica Taylor, CALIPSO E/PO Lead
NASA Langley Research Center
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