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NASA Imagery in Google Earth: Overview

The Goddard Earth Science (GES) Data and Information Service Center (DISC) is making some of its data available on Google Earth to facilitate scientific research. Our NASA imagery includes two dimensional (2D) flat data and three dimensional (3D) vertical data. An innovative solution integrates the vertical data from A-Train constellation satellites CloudSat, CALIPSO (Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation), and Aqua (mainly MODIS and AIRS products) and campaign missions into Google Earth to vividly expose cloud, aerosol, and H2O characteristics and atmospheric temperature profile in the form of curtain along the satellite orbit.


The overlay display of A-Train vertical profiles and surface strips collected by NASA A-Train satellite constelation, respectively, from CloudSat, CALIPSO, and MODIS

The orbit time: 2007-02-23 03:33:17--03:40:30am

The corresponding KMZ files:

CloudSat(Cloud Reflectivity) (Vertical Profiles)click to download
CALIPSO (Cloud-Aerosol Classification & Ice Water Phase Discrimination) (Vertical Profiles) click to download
MODIS/Aqua (Atmospheric Temperature Profile) (Vertical Profiles) click to download
MODIS/Aqua (Cloud Top Pressure) (Surface Strips) click to download


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2007-03-15 01:00
Cloud Refectivity
2007-02-23 12:00
Cloud-Aerosol /
Ice Water
2009-07-12 06:23:13 -- 06:30:29
Atmospheric Temperature Profile & Cloud Top Pressure
AIRS Carbon Monoxide (CO), from the WMS server and the Near-Real Time AIRS production. 2004-03-01
Monthly .25°x.25° Surface Rainrate

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