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 Earth Science: Projects

AIRS Icon AIRS
The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, AIRS, is an instrument whose goal is to support climate research and improved weather forecasting.

Aquarius Icon Aquarius
Aquarius measures global sea surface salinity to improve the understanding of ocean circulation and the linkage with climate and water cycle.

ASTER Icon ASTER
ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) is an imaging instrument flying on Terra, a satellite launched in December 1999 as part of NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS).

CALIPSO (Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation) Icon CALIPSO (Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation)
The Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation (CALIPSO) satellite provides new insight into the role that clouds and atmospheric aerosols (airborne particles) play in regulating Earth's weather, climate, and air quality.

ECCO Icon ECCO
The "Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean" (ECCO) produces descriptions of the complete time-evolving state of the ocean by synthesizing nearly all extant observations with state-of-the-art models.

ECCO-IcES Icon ECCO-IcES
ECCO-IcES is a project that aims to produce increasingly accurate syntheses of all available global-scale ocean and sea-ice data at resolutions that start to resolve ocean eddies.

Geo-Cape Icon Geo-Cape
Geostationary Coastal and Air Pollution Events

GRACE-Tellus Icon GRACE-Tellus
Produces and delivers high-quality, easy-to use data products derived from the GRACE mission.

MISR Icon MISR
The Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument provides a unique opportunity for studying the environment and climate of Earth through the acquisition of global multiangle imagery on the daylit side of Earth.

MLS - Microwave Limb Sounder Icon MLS - Microwave Limb Sounder
The Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) experiments measure naturally-occurring microwave thermal emission from the limb (edge) of Earth's atmosphere to remotely sense vertical profiles of atmospheric gases, temperature, pressure, and cloud ice.

OCO-2 - Orbiting Carbon Observatory Icon OCO-2 - Orbiting Carbon Observatory
The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) is a mission designed to make precise, time-dependent global measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) from an Earth orbiting satellite.

OSTM/Jason 2 Icon OSTM/Jason 2
OSTM/Jason-2 provides continues the legacies of TOPEX/Poseidon and Jason-1 missions for measuring ocean surface dynamic topography.

OurOcean Icon OurOcean
The JPL OurOcean Portal provides both real-time and retrospective analysis of remote sensing data and ocean model simulations in the Pacific Ocean.

ROMS - Regional Ocean Modeling System Icon ROMS - Regional Ocean Modeling System
The goal of the JPL ROMS group is to provide real-time and retrospective analysis of remote sensing data and ocean model simulations in the Pacific Ocean. We are particularly interested in the U.S. West Coastal Ocean with focused areas around Southern Cal

SMILES (Superconducting Submillimeter-Wave Limb Emission Sounder) Icon SMILES (Superconducting Submillimeter-Wave Limb Emission Sounder)
The Superconducting Submillimeter-Wave Limb Emission Sounder (SMILES) is a Japanese built instrument for remote sensing of the Earth¹s atmosphere.

SMAP - Soil Moisture Active Passive Icon SMAP - Soil Moisture Active Passive
The Soil Moisture Active Passive mission provides measurements of soil moisture, freeze/thaw state, as well as sea surface salinity and ocean wind.

TES Icon TES
TES (Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer) is one of four science instruments aboard NASA's Aura satellite, which was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California on July 15, 2004.

PHyTIR Icon PHyTIR
The Prototype HyspIRI Thermal Infrared Radiometer is a complete prototype of the HyspIRI Thermal Infrared Radiometer.

HyTES Icon HyTES
The Hyperspectral Thermal Emission Spectrometer

OCO-3 - Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 Icon OCO-3 - Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3, or OCO-3, is a future space instrument designed to investigate important questions about the distribution of carbon dioxide on Earth as it relates to growing urban populations...


PREFIRE (Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-InfraRed Experiment) Icon PREFIRE (Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-InfraRed Experiment)
Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-InfraRed Experiment (PREFIRE) will quantify the radiative processes effected by changing temperatures in the Arctic.

MAIA Icon MAIA
The Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols (MAIA) instrument is currently in development

Jason-CS (Sentinel-6) Icon Jason-CS (Sentinel-6)
Launching the first of two satellite altimeters in 2020, Jason-CS (Sentnel-6) will continue measuring ocean surface topography through 2030.

GRACE Icon GRACE
GRACE, the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, provide measurements of the Earth’s gravity field, including the variability of ocean mass.

GRACE Follow-On Icon GRACE Follow-On
GRACE Follow-On, the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On, provides measurements of the Earth’s month-to-month mass variations.

OMG (Oceans Melting Greenland) Icon OMG (Oceans Melting Greenland)
OMG uses the GLISTIN-A radar to measure Greenland's receding glaciers, air-dropped ocean sensors to measure the nearby oceans, as well as ship-based sonar and airborne gravity to map the depth and shape of the sea floor around the glaciers.

Kinetics and Photochemistry Laboratory Icon Kinetics and Photochemistry Laboratory
This program works toward improving the understanding of reactions and photochemical processes that occur in the atmospheres of Earth and planets.

NASA JPL Data Evaluation Icon NASA JPL Data Evaluation
Chemical Kinetics and Photochemical Data for Use in Atmospheric Studies

FTUVS instrument at Table Mountain Facility Icon FTUVS instrument at Table Mountain Facility
In order to improve our understanding of key trace gases that control the profile of atmospheric ozone, we develop and operate UV-Visible spectrometers at JPL’s Table Mountain Facility

CLARS Icon CLARS
CLARS is an observing facility for the measurement of greenhouse gases and pollutant emissions from sources in the South Coast Air Basin.


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