Glory will help researchers better understand the direct and indirect effects of atmospheric aerosols and of the Sun on Earth's climate. This animation reveals Glory's trio of remote-sensing instruments:
Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor (APS) will provide new capabilities in the characterization of aerosol particle microphysical properties through the collection of multiangle and multispectral radiance and polarization measurements.
Total Irradiance Monitor (TIM) is an electrical substitution radiometer (ESR) that records measurements of total solar irradiance (TSI) with extreme accuracy and precision.
Cloud Camera data will provide cross track coverage over a broader swath of aerosol load than the APS.
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 220.127.116.11.0