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The A-Train Observes Tropical Storm Debby

The A-Train is a group of spacecraft flying in close formation allowing data taken by each instrument to be correlated to the other instruments providing data synergy. The A-Train includes Aqua, CloudSat, CALIPSO, Parasol, and Aura. The animation begins showing the Earth with moving clouds and with a day/night terminator. Time slows down, and A-train spacecraft orbits are added during a daytime pass. The orbits progress around the globe for 12 hours. During a night time pass the camera zooms into Tropical Storm Debby as the A-train flies over on August 24, 2006. Data sets from some of the A-train's spacecraft/instruments are shown including Aqua/MODIS, CloudSat, CALIPSO, and Aqua/AIRS. This visualization was created to support an A-Train session at the 2007 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS).

Visualization Credits

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Cindy Starr (GST): Visualizer
Jeff de La Beaujardiere (NASA): Animator
Tom Bridgman (GST): Animator
Charles Trepte (NASA/LaRC): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Data Used:
For more information on the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, click
CPC (Climate Prediction Center) Cloud Composite
Data Compilation - Climate Prediction Center (CPC) - 08/14/2006 - 08/24/2006
Global cloud cover from multiple satellites
TOPEX/Poseidon/Sea Surface Height Anomaly
Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization
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