Full Name Cloud Profiling Radar (EarthCARE) Status Being developed
Instrument Agencies JAXA, NICT Maturity Low Heritage
Instrument Type Cloud profile and rain radars Geometry Nadir-viewing
Instrument Technology Cloud and precipitation radar Sampling Other
Data Access No Access Data Format HDF5
Measurements and Applications Measurement of cloud properties, light precipitation, vertical motion.
Resolution Summary Range resolution: 500m (100m sample) Horizontal resolution: 800m (500m sample)
Swath Summary
Accuracy Summary
Waveband Summary Microwave: 94 GHz
MW (~0.1 cm - ~100 cm)
W-Band (94 GHz)
Instrument Measurements
Measurements Overview
Atmospheric Temperature FieldsCloud base height
Cloud particle properties and profileCloud liquid water (LT, HT)
Precipitation Profile (liquid or solid)
Cloud ice (LT, HT)
Cloud ice content (at cloud top)
Cloud optical depth
Cloud type, amount and cloud top temperatureCloud imagery
Cloud type
Cloud cover
Cloud top height
Liquid water and precipitation ratePrecipitation intensity at the surface (liquid or solid)
Thematic Links Global Climate Observing System Essential Climate Variables (GCOS ECVs)
ECVDescriptionProduct(s)ECV Inventory 3.0 Record(s)
Cloud Properties click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Precipitation click here click here search ECV Inventory records
Instrument Missions
ESA Future Missions - ESA Future Missions (2008 - 2018)
EarthCARE - EarthCARE (2024 - 2027)