Earth  ID: 3366

CALIPSO Profile over China, India and Bhutan

Aerosols, small particles in the atmosphere, can be produced from natural sources, such as volcanos and dust storms, or from human activity, such as pollution from manufacturing and automobiles. Aerosols remain in the atmosphere for long periods and travel across the globe propelled by winds. They also affect weather and climate by reflecting or absorbing sunlight and by altering chemical reactions within the atmosphere. The CALIOP lidar onboard the CALIPSO satellite enables scientists to collect aerosol data on slices or 'curtains' through the atmosphere. In these images looking east across India over the Himalayan Mountains and Bangladesh, slices of total attenuated backscatter show the geographic location and altitude of both aerosols and subvisible clouds in the upper troposphere. The curtain shown here extends from sea level to a height of 20 km. Both the height of the curtain and the terrain are exaggerated by 6x.

Visualization Credits

Cindy Starr (GST): Lead Visualizer
Charles Trepte (NASA/LaRC): Scientist
Please give credit for this item to:
Pat Lucker (NASA/LaRC) NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).

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Data Used:
CALIPSO/CALIOP/Total Attenuated Backscatter
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Dates of Data Used:

DLESE >> Atmospheric science
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Aerosols >> Aerosol Backscatter
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version