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Aerosol Cloud meTeorology Interactions oVer the western ATlantic Experiment

      NASA’s Aerosol Cloud meTeorology Interactions oVer the western ATlantic Experiment (ACTIVATE) project is a five-year project (January 2019 – December 2023) that will provide important globally-relevant data about changes in marine boundary layer cloud systems, atmospheric aerosols and multiple feedbacks that warm or cool the climate. Marine boundary layer clouds play a critical role in Earth’s energy balance and water cycle.

ACT-America Logo ACT-America - Atmospheric Carbon and Transport – America

      ACT-America, or Atmospheric Carbon and Transport – America, will conduct five airborne campaigns across three regions in the eastern United States to study the transport and fluxes of atmospheric carbon dioxide and methane. Each 6-week campaign will measure how weather systems transport these greenhouse gases. The objective of the study is to enable more accurate and precise estimates of the sources and sinks of these gases.

NAAMES Logo NAAMES - North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study

      The North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES) is a five year investigation to resolve key processes controlling ocean system function, their influences on atmospheric aerosols and clouds and their implications for climate.

KORUS-AQ Logo KORUS-AQ - Korea-United States Air Quality Study

      KORUS-AQ offers the opportunity to further advance NASA goals and those of its international partners related to air quality through a targeted field study focused on the South Korean peninsula and surrounding waters. The study will integrate observations from aircraft, ground sites, and satellites with air quality models to understand the factors controlling air quality across urban, rural, and coastal interfaces.

CERES Logo CERES - Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System

      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 thumbnail 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 Logo 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 short timescales.

LASE Logo 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 Logo 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.