ICARE

The ICARE Thematic Center was created in 2003 by CNES, CNRS, the Nord-Pas-De-Calais Regional Council, and the University of Lille, to provide various services to support the research community in fields related to atmospheric research, such as aerosols, clouds, radiation, water cycle, and their interactions. ICARE's initial emphasis is the production and distribution of remote sensing data derived from Earth observation missions from CNES, NASA, and EUMETSAT. One of ICARE's main components is the Data and Services Center, located at the University of Lille, which develops science algorithms and production codes, building on the expertise from various partner Science Computing Facilities, and distributes products to the users community. ICARE is one of the 4 centers of AERIS, the French Data Infrastructure for Atmosphere created in 2014.

HIGHLIGHTS


CATS L1B V3-00 and L2O V3-01 data products available
July 2019


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NASA’s Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) is a lidar remote sensing instrument on the International Space Station (ISS). During its life span of 33 months, from 25 March 2015 through 29 October 2017, CATS provided measurements of cloud and aerosol profiles similar to CALIPSO.
CATS Level-1B Version 3-00 and Level-2O Version 3-01 data are now available both in the ICARE archive and at NASA/ASDC.




2nd APOLO Conference – 4-7 November 2019, Lille, France
Advancement of POLarimetric Observations: instruments, calibration, and improved aerosol and cloud retrievals


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The 2nd conference on "Advancement of POLarimetric Observations: instruments, calibration, and improved aerosol and cloud retrievals" (APOLO) will be held November 4-7, 2019, at the University of Lille, France. Various topics will be covered, including: advances in the theory of polarimetric remote sensing, optimization of strategies of polarimetric Earth observations, improvement of polarimetric observation quality and information content, among many others.
Registration to the conference is now open.




Workshop announcement:
International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project ­– Next Generation
EUMETSAT, 28-30 October 2019 (invitation only)


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The workshop will be held to discuss priorities for the future direction of the International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project ­– Next Generation (ISCCP-NG). The Earth observing capabilities from geostationary orbit have advanced substantially over recent years. With the launch of GOES-17 in 2018, the global geostationary constellation is now comprised of sensors with 10 or more channels, viewing the earth at sub-hourly time scales and with resolutions finer than 5 km. With the launch of Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) in 2021, the global geostationary constellation will have 10 common spectral channels. There is a clear need to exploit this new Earth observing capability. The primary goal of the workshop is to define the scientific scope and the technical contents and methods needed for ISCCP-NG.
The registration deadline is September 30, 2019.


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