Instruments

The Cloud Physics Lidar, or CPL, is a backscatter lidar designed to operate simultaneously at 3 wavelengths: 1064, 532, and 355 nm. The purpose of the CPL is to provide multi-wavelength measurements of cirrus, subvisual cirrus, and aerosols with high temporal and spatial resolution.

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CAR

The Cloud Absorption Radiometer (CAR) is an airborne multi-wavelength scanning radiometer that can perform several cloud and surface measurement functions.

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The Compact Scanning Submillimeter-wave Imaging Radiometer (CoSSIR) is an airborne, 12-channel, (183 - 874 GHz) total power imaging radiometer that was mainly developed for the measurements of ice clouds.  But it can be used for estimation of water vapor profiles and snowfall rates. When first completed and flown in the CRYSTAL-FACE field campaign during July 2002, the system had 15 channels at different frequencies from those listed below.

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CoSMIR is an airborne, 9-channel total power radiometer that was originally developed for the calibration/validation of the Special Sensor Microwave/Imager/ Sounder (SSMIS), a new-generation conical scanning radiometer for the DMSP (Defense Meteorological Satellite Project) F-series satellites.

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he Doppler Orbitography by Radiopositioning Integrated on Satellite (DORIS) was developed in France by the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) with the cooperation of Groupe de Recherche en Géodésie Spatiale (GRGS) and the Institut Géographique National (IGN).

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G-LiHT enables data fusion studies by providing coincident data in time and space, and provides fine-scale (<1 m) observations over large areas that are needed in many ecosystem studies.

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HAR

Over the past two decades, the high-altitude airborne radar group at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has developed the 9.6 GHz ER-2 Doppler Radar (EDOP) and the 94 GHz Cloud Radar system (CRS) for flying on NASA's ER-2 aircraft at about 20 km above the ground. 

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A large array of state-of-the-art ground-based and airborne remote and in-situ sensors were deployed during the International H20 Project (THOP), a fjeld experiment that took place over the Southern Great Plains (SGP) of the United States from 13 May to 30 June 2002. 

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Multi-angle Imagine SpectroRadiometer's mission is to provide accurate measures of the brightness, contrast, and color of reflected sunlight.

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MODIS (or Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) is a key instrument aboard the Terra (EOS AM) and Aqua (EOS PM) satellites.

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Studies of the Earth’s atmosphere require a comprehensive set ofobservations that rely on instruments flown on spacecraft, aircraft, andballoons as well as those deployed on the surface.

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The Raman Airborne Spectroscopic Lidar (RASL) consists of a 15W ultraviolet laser, a 24-inch (61-centimeter) diameter Dahl-Kirkham telescope, a custom receiver package, and a structure to mount these components inside an aircraft. Both the DC-8 at NASA Dryden and the P-3 at NASA/Wallops are aircrafts that could carry RASL.

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SMART-COMMIT-ACHIEVE, Enriching EOS and Decadal Survey missions, piloting innovative investigations, conducting educational and public outreach activities

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THOR's purpose is to measure the thickness and internal structure of highly scattering media such as thick clouds, snow, or sea ice.

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