EarthCARE has been launched

The European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) EarthCARE (Earth Cloud Aerosol and Radiation Exporer) satellite was launched last night from California (USA). With four remote sensing instruments on board (an atmospheric LIDAR, a Doppler Cloud radar, a multi-spectral imager, and a broad-band radiometer), it has been designed to study the role of clouds and aerosols in regulating the Earth’s climate. At the ACTRIS-Switzerland station in Payerne, MeteoSwiss and the University of Bern are carrying out remote sensing measurements using instruments similar to those on board EarthCARE. The Payerne measurements will be used – along with measurements from more than 40 other stations – for the calibration and validation of the satellite as part of ATMO-ACCESS.

You can read more about the launch and the unique capabilities of EarthCARE on the ESA website. And check out this article on 10 reasons to be excited about EarthCARE.