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Mean Ice Cloud Top Height

The Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) on the International Space Station (ISS) provides profile measurements of atmospheric clouds and aerosols. This image shows mean ice cloud top heights between March 2015 and March 2016. Green, yellow, and red colors indicate higher cloud tops; blue areas indicate lower cloud tops.

Sensing Ice Clouds using CATS

Between March 2015 and March 2016, CATS detected mean ice cloud tops as high as 17 to 18 km (about 10.5 to 11 miles high). Higher ice cloud top heights are most commonly seen in the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) along either side of the equator (broad green areas).


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Typhoon Lionrock approaching Japan

Image captured on 28 August 2016 by the VIIRS instrument, on board the SNPP satellite.

Webinar: Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) Data Management Best Practices

Event Dates: August 29, 2016

Join us on at 2pm ET to learn about Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) Data Management Best Practices.

ESDIS Project Summer Interns balance NASA Work with Making Connections for Future NASA Careers

More than 25 high school, college, and graduate students supported the ESDIS Project at DAACs across the country as summer interns in 2016.

User Profile: Dr. Erricos C. Pavlis

Who uses NASA Earth science data? Dr. Erricos C. Pavlis, to help accurately measure Earth.

NASA's GCMD releases the Keyword Governance and Community Guide Document, Version 1.0

NASA's Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) has released a Keyword Governance and Community Guide Document.

Webinar: TRMM and GPM Precipitation Products and Services at the NASA GES DISC

Event Dates: August 24, 2016

During this webinar we will provide an overview of TRMM and GPM precipitation data products and discuss the various ways to discover and access these data. We will also demonstrate the visualization and analysis tools and services provided by the NASA Goddard Earth Science Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC).

Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Keywords Community Forum Now Online

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