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


Release of SODA V2-20 and V2-21 products
January 2020


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AERIS/ICARE is pleased to announce the release of the latest version of the CALIPSO/CloudSat SODA products, giving access to the aerosol and semi-transparent cloud optical depths from the analysis of surface and dense clouds returns. This product originates from the collaboration between IPSL/LATMOS, NASA LaRC, and AERIS/ICARE Data and Services Center. The whole CALIPSO/CLOUDSAT period has been reprocessed.
This version uses the latest version of the algorithm (v2.3.0) and the latest input data available at the moment (CALIOP level 1 V4-10 and level 2 V4-20, CLOUDSAT R05, MODIS C6, ASMR_E v7, AMSR2 v8). The difference between the V2-20 and V2-21 versions comes from the AMSR data used:

  • For V2-20: AMSR_E from 2006-06-15 to 2012-06-30
  • For V2-21: AMSR2 since 2012-07-01
Please note that for the 2011-11-04 to 2012_07_01 period, there is no AMSR data available.
A full documentation will be available soon.




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.


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