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CALIPSO Data User's Guide


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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.

    FAQ
    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).

    Publications
    Lists citations of published research on CALIPSO data processing algorithms and involving CALIPSO data products.

    Acronyms
    Lists of acronyms used in CALIPSO.



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Last Updated: November 28, 2017
Curator: Charles R. Trepte
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