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.
- Lists some of our most frequently asked questions about CALIPSO data.
- Essential Reading
- Things we really want you to know about CALIPSO data.
- Data Product Descriptions
- Lists individual CALIPSO data sets and provides links to individual data product (SDS) documentation.
- Data Quality Summaries
- Data quality summaries for latest data releases.
- Example and Tools
- Gives examples of working with CALIPSO data, (i.e. filtering best practices)
and a number of tools to work with CALIPSO data in Matlab and IDL format.
- Order Data
- Lists options for ordering CALIPSO data from the NASA Langley Atmospheric Science Data Center (ASDC).
- Lists citations of published research on CALIPSO data processing algorithms and involving CALIPSO data products.
- Lists of acronyms used in CALIPSO.