THE CEOS DATABASE : Missions, Instruments and Measurements
CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - CATS -
Full Name Cloud-Aerosol Transport System Status Operational
Instrument Agencies NASA Maturity
Instrument Type Lidars Geometry Nadir-viewing
Instrument Technology Atmospheric lidar Sampling Sounding
Data Access Open Access Data Format HDF-5
Measurements and Applications cloud and aerosol lidar profiling
Resolution Summary 60 m vertical by 350 horizontal, from 0 - 30 km
Swath Summary 350 m along-track
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary 532 and 1064 nm (polarization sensing at both)
VIS (~0.40 µm - ~0.75 µm)
NIR (~0.75 µm - ~1.3 µm)
Instrument Measurements
CategoryParameterAccuracy
AerosolsAerosol Extinction / Backscatter (LT, HT, LS, TC) 
Aerosol optical depth (LT, HT, LS, TC) 
Atmospheric Temperature FieldsCloud base height 
Cloud particle properties and profileCloud optical depth 
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperatureCloud type 
Cloud top height 
Instrument Missions
CATS-on-ISS - International Space Station/Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (2015 - 2018)
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