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
Measurements Overview
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
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 CALIOP Aerosol Properties SODA L3 (daily...
CALIOP Aerosol Properties SODA L2
Cloud Properties click here click here CPR Cloud Properties DARDAR-CLOUD L2
CPR Cloud Properties DARDAR-CLOUD L2
IIR Cloud Properties L2
IIR Cloud Properties L2
IIR Cloud Properties L2
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Instrument Missions
CALIPSO - Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (2006 - 2023)