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Cloud Remote Sensing Projects


Probing the atmospheric boundary layer at European scale

The Jülich ObservatorY for Cloud Evolution (JOYCE) takes part in the European Union founded Cost action PROBE. PROBE aims to investigate the capacity building of instrument operators to improve the use of state-of-the-art ABL profiling instruments and fostering coordination between operational agencies and academia to tailor measurement networks for well identified applications. Farther, knowledge brokers shell be identified to enable rapid exchange between academia, operational agencies, industry and end-users to ensure full exploitation for societal benefit. And therefore, the pan-European research coordination enhanced to develop new products and tools for data assimilation and long time series reanalysis
Within PROBE, the CPEX-LAB Expertise in setting up and operating cloud radar and microwave radiometers is applied to a European framework.

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Aerosol Cloud and Trace Gas Research InfraStructure

The Jülich ObservatorY for Cloud Evolution (JOYCE) has contributed to the ground-based cloud observation network (Cloudnet) since 2010. Cloudnet was followed up by ACTRIS which is currently being established as a long-term sustainable European research infrastructure. Within ACTRIS, the JOYCE observation platform is planned to be extended. Also, JOYCE will serve as the microwave radiometer node within the ACTRIS Center for Cloud Remote Sensing (CCRES).

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Cloud Profiling for Satellite Validation

The ESA-funded FRM4Radar project focuses on the development of calibration and validation products for satellite-based cloud profiling radars. The initial 94-GHz radar network makes it possible to explore different weather and cloud conditions present over continental Europe. Next, these measurements will create the base for the development of calibration and validation (Cal/Val) products of the Cloud Profiling Radar (CPR) on board the ESA Earth Cloud Aerosols and Radiation Explorer satellite (EarthCARE) satellite.

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