CALIPSO Expedited Overpass Image over India on May 6, 2008
The NASA Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET) will begin a four-year intensive field campaign, called TIGERZ, on April 2008 to measure aerosol microphysical and optical properties over India. Collaborating entities in India include the Ministry of Earth Sciences, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). India agencies will hold campaigns on measuring the monsoon and thunderstorms over India: Continental Tropical Convergence Zone (CTCZ) and STORMS. The AERONET/CALIPSO campaign will share existing resources (e.g., facilities and manpower) established for the ongoing India-sponsored campaigns and utilize equipment through other international partnerships with AEROCAN (Canada), PHOTONS (France), and Finnish Meteorological Institute (Finland). The AERONET campaign initiative is expected to continue periodically through 2011.
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