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Data In Action

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Accessing Airborne and Field Campaign Data with the Sub-Orbital Order Tool

Suborbital campaigns serve as a key component of the integrated observing system of the atmosphere by linking satellite observations and surface measurements, as well as probing atmospheric phenomena critical to climate change and air quality issues. These suborbital campaigns often deploy many instruments on different platforms, including aircraft, ships, …

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Advancing Aerosol-Cloud-Meteorology Knowledge through ACTIVATE

Despite the crucial role of clouds in maintaining the Earth’s energy balance and water cycle, their formation and evolution processes still have large uncertainties among the international scientific research community. Expanding knowledge on the relationships between aerosols and clouds is key to understanding different cloud properties and their resulting …

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A Global Climatology of Wildfire Smoke Injection Height

A Global Climatology of Wildfire Smoke Injection Height Derived from Space-based Multi-angle Imaging

Maria Val Martin, Ralph A. Kahn, and Mika G. Tosca

Remote Sensing; 10, 1609; doi:10.3390/rs10101609


The Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) aboard the NASA Earth Observing System’s Terra satellite offers several unique products relating …

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A Look into the North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES)

Exploring the Impact of the 2020 West Coast Wildfires

On September 9, 2020, the fire known as 'The August Complex' became the largest wildfire in California’s history. The fire started as a series of separate fires ignited by lightning strikes. Fueled by periods of drought, record-breaking high temperatures, and drier-than-usual air, the individual fires combined into a single …

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New MISR Research Aerosol Retrieval Algorithm

The New MISR Research Aerosol Retrieval Algorithm: A Multi-Angle, Multi-Spectral, Bounded-Variable Least Squares Retrieval of Aerosol Particle Properties over Both Land and Water

J.A. Limbacher, R.A. Kahn, and J. Lee

Atmosph. Meas. Tech., 2022 (in press)


Since well before the MISR instrument was launched on NASA’s …

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Observing Sea-to-Air Aerosol Gas Fluxes Under Extreme Weather Conditions

NAAMES was the first NASA Earth Venture – Suborbital mission focused on studying the coupled ocean ecosystem and atmosphere. NAAMES utilized a combination of ship-based, airborne, autonomous sensor, and remote sensing measurements that directly linked ocean ecosystem processes, emissions of ocean-generated aerosols and precursor gases, and subsequent atmospheric …

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Understanding the North American Monsoon Anticyclone with DCOTSS

Each summer, the North American Monsoon Anticyclone (NAMA) dominates the circulation of the North-Western Hemisphere and acts to partially confine and isolate air from the surrounding atmosphere. Because of NAMA, strong convective storms develop over North America and overshoot the tropopause into the lower stratosphere. These storms carry water …

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