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CloudSat Cloud Profiling Radar
STATUS
Operational
AVAILABILITY
The CPR has been producing data with very few gaps since it became operational on 2 June 2006. The CloudSat standard data products (described on the CloudSat web site) are currently being distributed as either Release 3 (R03) or Release 4 (R04), depending on the product.
REQUEST PROCEDURE
CloudSat data may be ordered online through the CloudSat Data Processing Center at CSU (http://www.cloudsat.cira.colostate.edu)
Satellite Instruments
The CloudSat Cloud Profiling Radar (CPR) is a nadir-viewing 94 GHz cloud radar; it is the sole instrument on the CloudSat satellite. The CPR has a vertical resolution of approximately 500 m, with sampling every 240 m. Radar pulses are averaged over 0.16 s, resulting in a footprint measuring approximately 1.4 km across-track and 1.9 km along-track. The minimum detectable reflectivity is approximately -30 dBZ.
CONTACT
Graeme L. Stephens
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, M/S 183-505 4800, Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109
818.393.1176
Graeme.Stephens@jpl.nasa.gov
http://science.jpl.nasa.gov/people/Stephens/
SECONDARY CONTACT
Natalie Tourville
Colorado State University
Atmospheric Science Department 1371 Campus Delivery
(970) 491-8622
natalie@atmos.colostate.edu
http://cloudsat.atmos.colostate.edu
SPECIFICATIONS
Measurment TypeMicrowave-radar-clouds/precipitation
Platform TypeCloudSat
OrbitSun synchronous
Spectral Coverage
Active/PassiveActive
Scan PatternNadir
Variables
Altitude705
Inclination0.16
Repeat Time16 days
Wavelength94 to 94GHz
Number of Bands
Start DateJun 2006
Temporal CoverageVertical resolution of 500m. Along track resolution 1.7km and cross track resolution of 1.4km.
Swath Width1.4
REFERENCES
Stephens, G. L., et al., 2002: The CloudSat Mission and the A-Train: A New Dimension of Space-Based Observations of Clouds and Precipitation, Bull. Am. Meteor. Soc., 83, pp. 1771-1790.
REMARKS
Visit http://cloudsat.atmos.colostate.edu/publications for a complete listing of papers and journals articles regarding the CloudSat Mission.
UPDATED ON
6 Apr 2011 11:51