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CEOS EO HANDBOOK – INSTRUMENT SUMMARY - CALIOP -
Full Name Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization 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
Measurements and Applications Two-wavelength, polarisation lidar capable of providing aerosol and cloud profiles and properties.
Resolution Summary Vertical sampling: 30 m, 0 – 40 km
Swath Summary 333 m along-track
Accuracy Summary 5% (532 nm)
Waveband Summary 532 nm (polarization-sensitive), 1064 nm, VIS - NIR
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) 
Atmospheric Temperature FieldsCloud base height 
Cloud particle properties and profileCloud ice (LT, HT, LS) 
Cloud optical depth 
Cloud ice effective radius (LT, HT, LS) 
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperatureCloud top height 
Instrument Missions
CALIPSO - Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (2006 - 2017)
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