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Contemplating synergistic algorithms for the NASA ACE Mission
Author(s): Gerald G. Mace; David O.'C. Starr; Roger Marchand; Steven A. Ackerman; Steven E. Platnick; Ann Fridlind; Steven Cooper; Deborah G. Vane; Graeme L. Stephens
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Paper Abstract

ACE is a proposed Tier 2 NASA Decadal Survey mission that will focus on clouds, aerosols, and precipitation as well as ocean ecosystems. The primary objective of the clouds component of this mission is to advance our ability to predict changes to the Earth’s hydrological cycle and energy balance in response to climate forcings by generating observational constraints on future science questions, especially those associated with the effects of aerosol on clouds and precipitation. ACE will continue and extend the measurement heritage that began with the A-Train and that will continue through Earthcare. ACE planning efforts have identified several data streams that can contribute significantly to characterizing the properties of clouds and precipitation and the physical processes that force these properties. These include dual frequency Doppler radar, high spectral resolution lidar, polarimetric visible imagers, passive microwave and submillimeter wave radiometry. While all these data streams are technologically feasible, their total cost is substantial and likely prohibitive. It is, therefore, necessary to critically evaluate their contributions to the ACE science goals. We have begun developing algorithms to explore this trade space. Specifically, we will describe our early exploratory algorithms that take as input the set of potential ACE-like data streams and evaluate critically to what extent each data stream influences the error in a specific cloud quantity retrieval.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 2013
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 8890, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere XVIII; and Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems XVI, 88900I (25 October 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2030206
Show Author Affiliations
Gerald G. Mace, The Univ. of Utah (United States)
David O.'C. Starr, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Roger Marchand, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Steven A. Ackerman, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (United States)
Steven E. Platnick, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Ann Fridlind, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (United States)
Steven Cooper, The Univ. of Utah (United States)
Deborah G. Vane, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Graeme L. Stephens, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8890:
Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere XVIII; and Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems XVI
Adolfo Comeron; Karin Stein; John D. Gonglewski; Evgueni I. Kassianov; Klaus Schäfer, Editor(s)

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