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CALIPSO Data User’s Guide



Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) was launched on April 28, 2006 to study the impact of clouds and aerosols on the Earth's radiation budget and climate. It flies in formation with five other satellites in the international "A-Train" constellation for coincident Earth observations. The CALIPSO satellite comprises three instruments, the Cloud-Aerosol LIdar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP), the Imaging Infrared Radiometer (IIR), and the Wide Field Camera (WFC). CALIPSO is a joint satellite mission between NASA and the French Agency, CNES.

This document contains the most current information about the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP) data products. It is intended to provide the end user with practical information regarding their use and misuse, and to explain some of the more obscure and potentially confusing aspects of the lidar data products.



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Last Updated: August 31, 2021
Curator: Charles R. Trepte
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