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CloudSat Mission

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Since 2006, CloudSat has flown the first satellite-based, millimeter-wavelength radar to detect clouds. The radar outfitted on the CloudSat satellite was more than 1000 times the sensitivity of existing weather radars at the time. Unlike ground-based weather radars that use centimeter wavelengths to detect raindrop-sized particles, CloudSat's radar allows researchers to detect much smaller particles of liquid water and ice that make up the large cloud masses that determine local and regional weather patterns.

Learn more about the NASA CloudSat Mission.

CloudSat and GLOBE

Through participating in the CloudSat Education Network (CEN), GLOBE students can learn how NASA missions and satellite observations further the scientific understanding of the Earth's energy and water budget. Through this process, the CloudSat team focuses on inspiring and motivating students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by supporting improvements in Earth science education using CloudSat results.

CloudSat also seeks to contribute Earth science learning opportunities to students and lifelong learners by encouraging them to enter ground-truth measurement data that will be compared to CloudSat's measurements. The results of these observations and comparisons are then shared with the public to better improve the collective understanding of clouds and global climate change while exapnding the base of scientifically literate citizens.

How to Participate

GLOBE community members can participate in the CloudSat mission through: 

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Assistant Professor of Meteorology
Education and Public Outreach Lead - NASA CloudSat Mission
Director, Central NY GLOBE Partnership
SUNY Oneonta ESOP Coordinator
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
108 Ravine Parkway
SUNY College at Oneonta
Oneonta, NY 13820

Director of Outreach
NASA CloudSat Mission
Colorado State University
Department of Atmospheric Science
1371 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1371
Voice: 970-310-9527
Fax: 970-491-8166

Earth Science Outreach Coordinator
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Drive, MS Bldg. 264-355
Pasadena, CA 91109-8099
Voice: (818) 393-0729

Research Associate III
Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1375
Voice: (970) 491-8622
Email: Natalie.Tourville@colostate.ed