Short Name:
CATS-ISS_L2O_N-M7.1-V3-01_05kmPro

CATS-ISS_L2O_N-M7.1-V3-01_05kmPro

The Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS), launched on January 10, 2015, is a lidar remote sensing instrument that will provide range-resolved profile measurements of atmospheric aerosols and clouds from the International Space Station (ISS). CATS is intended to operate on-orbit for at least six months, and up to three years. CATS will provide vertical profiles at three wavelengths, orbiting between ~230 and ~270 miles above the Earth's surface at a 51-degree inclination with nearly a three-day repeat cycle. For the first time, it will allow scientist to study diurnal (day-to-night) changes in cloud and aerosol effects from space by observing the same spot on Earth at different times each day. CATS Level 2 Layer data product containing geophysical parameters derived from Level 1 data, at 60m vertical and 5km horizontal resolution.

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