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).
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Datasets used in this visualization
TOPEX Sea Surface Height AnomalyID: 514Collected with Poseidon
DMSP Earth at NightID: 286Collected with OLS
AquaID: 3Collected with AIRS 08/24/2006
AquaID: 5Collected with MODIS 08/24/2006
CALIPSOID: 178Collected with CALIOP 08/24/2006
Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal PolarizationSee all pages that use this dataset
CloudSatID: 197Collected with CPR 08/24/2006
CPC (Climate Prediction Center) Cloud CompositeID: 600Data Compilation Climate Prediction Center (CPC) 08/14/2006 - 08/24/2006
Global cloud cover from multiple satellitesSee all pages that use this dataset
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