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ICESat First Light Release: A Continuous View of Clouds

The GLAS laser system on ICESat is making unique measurements of the heights of clouds and their global distribution. In addition, ICESat can 'see' the distributions of aerosols from sources such as dust storms and forest fires. This animation shows the distribution of cloud layers as seens from the bird's eye perspective of the ICESat spacecraft.

Visualization Credits

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Alex Kekesi (GST): Animator
Christopher Shuman (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Jay Zwally (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, Canadian Space Agency, RADARSAT International Inc.

Additional credit goes to Canadian Space Agency, RADARSAT International Inc.

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Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite (ICEsat)

Data Used:
ICESat/GLAS/L2 Global Cloud Heights for Multi-layer Clouds (GLA09) 2003/03/02
Note: While we identify the data sets used in these visualizations, we do not store any further details nor the data sets themselves on our site.

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