Full Name Cloud-Aerosol Transport System Status No longer 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
Measurements Overview
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
Thematic Links Global Climate Observing System Essential Climate Variables (GCOS ECVs)
ECVDescriptionProduct(s)ECV Inventory 3.0 Record(s)
Aerosols properties click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Cloud Properties click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Instrument Missions
CATS-on-ISS - International Space Station/Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (2015 - 2018)