||CERES - Clouds and the Earth's Radiant
The CERES experiment is one of the highest
priority scientific satellite instruments developed for NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS). CERES products include
both solar-reflected and Earth-emitted radiation from the top of the atmosphere to the
Earth's surface. Cloud properties are determined using simultaneous measurements by
other EOS instruments such as the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS).
Analyses of the CERES data, which build upon the foundation laid by previous missions
such as the Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE), will lead to a better understanding
of the role of clouds and the energy cycle in global climate change.
||CLARREO - The Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory
The CLARREO mission is being developed by NASA and partner organizations to monitor
the pulse of the atmosphere to better understand climate change.
The CLARREO mission will provide accurate, credible, and tested climate records that lay the groundwork for informed decisions
on mitigation and adaptation policies that address the effects of climate change on society.
||GIFTS - Geosynchronous Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer
GIFTS, a part of NASA's New Millennium Program, will demonstrate advanced
technologies for future Earth science missions from space in
geosynchronous orbit. The instrument is the first step toward
incorporating technological breakthroughs into the next generation of
operational weather observing systems. Images from GIFTS will give
scientists the ability to observe, with unprecedented spatial
resolution, atmospheric temperature and moisture changes on very
||LASE - Lidar Atmospheric Sensing Experiment
Vaporized water is an invisible gas that is present everywhere in the atmosphere. The
distribution of atmospheric water vapor is of fundamental importance to weather and climate,
atmospheric radiation studies, global hydrological cycle and atmospheric chemistry.
The LASE program was initiated as an effort to produce an autonomous system for measuring
water vapor levels from airborne and spaceborne platforms using LIDAR technology.
||SSE - Surface Meteorology and Solar Energy
The SSE Project, managed by NASA Langley, works
with other government and private organizations to develop the commercial
potential of NASA satellite measurements. The goal of the SSE Project is to put
state-of-the-art, satellite-derived solar and
meteorological data into the hands of individuals who are involved in the
research and analysis of the feasibility of renewable energy technologies.