CloudSat, Calipso and MODIS over Central America

  • Released Thursday, July 5, 2007

Associated with tropical thunderstorms are broad fields of cirrus clouds that flow out of the tops of the vigorous storm systems that form over warm tropical oceans. These clouds play a role in how much infrared energy is trapped in Earth's atmosphere. NASA's Tropical Composition, Cloud and Climate Coupling (TC4) mission, which runs from July 16, 2007 through August 8, 2007, aims to document the full lifecycle of these clouds. Observations from four A-Train satellites flying in formation will complement the aircraft measurements with large-scale views of many different features of the atmosphere. Observations from this mission along with previous studies will improve our understanding of what effect a warming climate with rising ocean temperatures will have on these cloud systems. These images over Central America, produced in support of the TC4 mission, show a tropical storm system over Central and South America on August 2, 2006 as measured from multiple satellite sensors, including Aqua MODIS, CloudSat and CALIPSO. In this view from the Pacific Ocean, Panama is on the left and South America is shown on the right. In the following series of still images, each satellite's measurement is shown individually and in combination with the others from the same camera viewpoint. The profile showing CloudSat and CALIPSO data is truncated at a height of twenty kilometers and exaggerated ten times. The land topography is also exaggerated by a factor of ten.

Both CloudSat and CALIPSO detect attributes of clouds on slices through the atmosphere.  Here both are shown over an image of MODIS reflectance which is mapped onto the terrain.

Both CloudSat and CALIPSO detect attributes of clouds on slices through the atmosphere. Here both are shown over an image of MODIS reflectance which is mapped onto the terrain.

Color bar for CloudSat data in the images above.

Color bar for CloudSat data in the images above.

Color bar for Calipso data in the images above.

Color bar for Calipso data in the images above.



Credits

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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio The Next Generation Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC). MODIS data data courtesy of Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Project (NASA/GSFC)

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This page was originally published on Thursday, July 5, 2007.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:55 PM EDT.


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