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Micro Pulse Lidar Network
STATUS
Operational
AVAILABILITY
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Surface In-Situ Networks
The NASA Micro Pulse Lidar Network (MPLNET) is a federated network of Micro Pulse Lidar (MPL) systems designed to measure aerosol and cloud vertical structure continuously, day and night, over long time periods required to contribute to climate change studies and provide ground validation for models and satellite sensors in the NASA Earth Observing System (EOS).
CONTACT
Ellsworth Judd Welton
NASA/ Goddard Space Flight Center
NASA GSFC Code 613.1 Greenbelt, MD 20771 USA
301-614-6279
Ellsworth.J.Welton@nasa.gov
http://atmospheres.gsfc.nasa.gov/meso/personnel/index.php?page=profile&pers_id=24
SPECIFICATIONS
Network NameMPLNET
Collective
Facility TypeNetwork
PurposeResearch
LocationGlobal
Number of Stations18 (current), 34 (total)
Map of Stationshttp://mplnet.gsfc.nasa.gov
Categoryaerosol, cloud
Parameters (Most)aerosol, cloud, and boundary layer heights aerosol and cloud optical properties
Paramters (Limited)polar stratospheric cloud heights and optical depth
Archivenetcdf format
Period of Record2000-present
Temporal Resolution1 minute (level 1), 10-20 minutes (level 2)
Data Seasoncontinuous
Data Availabilitynext day
Other PurposesClimate monitoring
FixedYes
MobileYes
PortableNo
REFERENCES
Welton, E. J., J. R. Campbell, J. D. Spinhirne, and V. S. Scott, Global monitoring of clouds and aerosols using a network of micro-pulse lidar systems, in Lidar Remote Sensing for Industry and Environmental Monitoring, U. N. Singh, T. Itabe, N. Sugimoto, (eds.), Proc. SPIE, 4153, 151-158, 2001.
UPDATED ON
26 Oct 2009 09:09