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.

HIGHLIGHTS


Release of CALIPSO V4-10 Level-1 and Level-2 Lidar products
November 2016


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The CALIPSO mission announces the release of new versions of its standard Level-1 and Level-2 lidar data products. These products are available through the Atmospheric Science Data Center (ASDC) at NASA Langley Research Center and the French AERIS/ICARE Data and Services Center in Lille, France. The new data products consist of the following:
Version 4.10 Lidar Level-1 Products

  • CAL_LID_L1-Standard-V4-10
Version 4.10 Lidar Level-2 Products
  • CAL_LID_L2_01kmCLay-Standard-V4-10
  • CAL_LID_L2_333mMLay-Standard-V4-10
  • CAL_LID_L2_05kmMLay-Standard-V4-10
  • CAL_LID_L2_05kmALay-Standard-V4-10
  • CAL_LID_L2_05kmCLay-Standard-V4-10
  • CAL_LID_L2_05kmAPro-Standard-V4-10
  • CAL_LID_L2_05kmCPro-Standard-V4-10
  • CAL_LID_L2_VFM-Standard-V4-10
The V4.10 CALIOP Level 2 data products are the first major revision to the Level 2 product suite since May 2010. The extensive improvements made in this new release correct numerous artifacts and significantly enhance the content and quality of the science data. In addition to the substantial updates made to all existing Level 2 products, V4.10 introduces a new merged layer product that reports the spatial and optical properties of cloud and aerosol layers in a single file.
The product is available beginning with data from June 13, 2006 (following CALIOP first light), and as of this announcement, through December 31, 2008. Remaining data will be available as it is produced.
To see the full announcement, click here.




2nd announcement
3rd International A-Train Symposium
18-21 April 2017, Pasadena Convention Center, California
Registration now open


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The 705-km Afternoon (A-Train) Satellite Constellation brings together a rich array of instruments to better understand Earth’s changing climate and environment. The 3rd International Symposium on the A-Train Satellite Constellation is an opportunity to learn more about the evolving capabilities of the A-Train system, and to engage other colleagues with similar interests.
To see the second official circular, click here.
Registration and abstract submission are now open. The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to December 16, 2016. There is no registration fee to attend. Additional information regarding the meeting is available on the symposium web site: https://atrain2017.org/




Release of Level-2 Geostationary Cloud Products
August 2016


Cloud type classification for 4 geostationary sensors - Image credit: NOAA/SATMOS/JMA/IPSL/ICARE
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AERIS/ICARE Data and Services Center is pleased to announce the public release of cloud products derived from geostationary sensors in collaboration with Meteo-France/CMS/SATMOS and the Megha-Tropiques Science Team. The products (cloud mask, cloud type and cloud top pressure) are available over the period beginning with the Megha-Tropiques mission launch in October 2011 until present. This cloud information obtained at the highest spatial and temporal scale available is an important complement to the Megha-Tropiques mission, which aims at describing the radiative flux, the humidity profiles, and rain fields associated with tropical convection at a high temporal resolution.
Those cloud products are produced using an extended version of the SAFNWC (Satellite Application Facility for NowCasting) algorithm originally developed for SEVIRI by Derrien and Le Gleau (2005, 2010) and adapted to other geostationary data sets (Sèze et al. 2015).
For more information about products and data access, see the Megha-Tropiques 'Products' page (SAFNWC and GEOCLD section).


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