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A-Train visualizations

From Oct. 25-28, 2010, scientists from around the world gathered in New Orleans for the second-ever symposium on science born of NASA's "A-Train."

The Afternoon Train, or "A-Train," for short, is a constellation of satellites that travel along the same track as they orbit Earth. Four satellites currently fly in the A-Train - Aqua, CloudSat, CALIPSO, and Aura. Three more satellites -- Glory, GCOM-W1, and OCO-2 -- are scheduled to join the configuration in 2011, 2012, and 2013, respectively.

This page features a selection of some of the A-Train's "greatest hits" gathered into two sections. The first contains overview materials giving a big-picture look of the A-Train and NASA satellites. The second section contains mostly visualizations featuring a single instrument or instruments on A-Train satellites. (For the purposes of this page, each visual has been labeled with the A-Train data set it was produced from, but keep in mind, visuals are often the product of many data sets from many different satellites.)

For more about A-Train constellation science, visit: http://atrain.gsfc.nasa.gov/

And for more information on the symposium: http://a-train-neworleans2010.larc.nasa.gov/

Overview videos

link to gallery item The A-Train Observes Tropical Storm Debby

The A-Train Observes Tropical Storm Debby
link to gallery item NASA's Orbiting Earth Observing Fleet (NASM 2010)

NASA's Orbiting Earth Observing Fleet (NASM 2010)
link to gallery item A-Train constellation poster

A-Train constellation poster
link to gallery item CloudSat, Calipso and MODIS over Central America

CloudSat, Calipso and MODIS over Central America
link to gallery item Cross Calibration of the Afternoon Constellation's Instruments

Cross Calibration of the Afternoon Constellation's Instruments
link to gallery item Aqua Satellite and MODIS Swath

Aqua Satellite and MODIS Swath
link to gallery item The Road to Glory podcasts

The Road to Glory podcasts

Data-driven visuals

link to gallery item Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull Volcanic Ash Plume

Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull Volcanic Ash Plume

DATA SETS: CALIPSO
link to gallery item Hurricane Danielle Churns in the Atlantic

Hurricane Danielle Churns in the Atlantic

DATA SETS: Aqua/MODIS
link to gallery item The

The "World Avoided"

DATA SETS: Aura
link to gallery item Aqua/AIRS Carbon Dioxide, 2002-2009, With Mauna Loa Carbon Dioxide Graph

Aqua/AIRS Carbon Dioxide, 2002-2009, With Mauna Loa Carbon Dioxide Graph

DATA SETS: Aqua/AIRS
link to gallery item Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Extent for 2010

Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Extent for 2010

DATA SETS: Aqua/AMSR-E and Aqua and Terra MODIS
link to gallery item AMSR-E Sea Surface Temperature

AMSR-E Sea Surface Temperature

DATA SETS: Aqua/AMSR-E
link to gallery item The 2005 Antarctic Ozone Hole

The 2005 Antarctic Ozone Hole

DATA SETS: Aura
link to gallery item Aqua/AIRS Water Vapor near Southern California

Aqua/AIRS Water Vapor near Southern California

DATA SETS: Aqua/AIRS
link to gallery item CALIPSO  Profile over China

CALIPSO Profile over China

DATA SETS: CALIPSO
link to gallery item Sea Surface Temperatures Rising in Gulf of Mexico

Sea Surface Temperatures Rising in Gulf of Mexico
link to gallery item Ship Tracks Reveal Pollution's Effects on Clouds

Ship Tracks Reveal Pollution's Effects on Clouds

DATA SETS: Aqua and Terra MODIS
link to gallery item Tropospheric Column Ozone

Tropospheric Column Ozone

DATA SETS: Aura

Data Interfaces

link to gallery item Giovanni

Giovanni

Giovanni is a Web-based application developed by the GES DISC that provides a simple and intuitive way to visualize, analyze, and access vast amounts of Earth science remote sensing data without having to download the data.
link to gallery item Ozone Watch

Ozone Watch

The Ozone Watch website shows a daily image of the Antarctic ozone hole.
link to gallery item MODIS Rapid Response System

MODIS Rapid Response System

The MODIS Rapid Response System provides daily satellite images of the Earth's landmasses in near real time using data.


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