Earth Science

Tracking Weather & Climate

Monitoring Air Pollution 

When climatologists need more accurate data and weather forecasters want to predict days in advance, we’re their go-to partner. Flying on our spacecraft, instruments like TEMPO, GMI and CALIPSO gather extremely accurate data on pollution, precipitation and the impacts of clouds and aerosols on Earth’s climate.


In the air   

Earth scientists will have much better air pollution data due to an upcoming spectrometer for the Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) mission. The Ball-built instrument will deliver accurate North American pollution observations with high resolution and frequency for the first time. TEMPO is expected to improve air quality prediction accuracy by 50 percent.

Measuring pollution events over the Korean peninsula and Asia-Pacific region will be done by the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS).  We’re building GEMS for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute under a commercial contract. Both TEMPO and GEMS will be a part of a global air quality monitoring constellation.  
fore burning & smoke


Deluge of data

Recently launched, our Global Precipitation Measurement-Microwave Imager (GMI) on the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission accurately samples rainfall accumulations and provides more frequent and higher quality data collection. GMI is central to the mission’s success. Its native ability to achieve consistent, steady calibration made it the gold standard for accuracy for radiometers in the GPM constellation and the scientific community.


In the clouds

How do clouds and tiny droplets in the atmosphere affect Earth’s climate? That was answered by three-dimensional models of the atmosphere provided by the Cloud-Aerosol LIDAR and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) mission. We used our LIDAR expertise to build the LIDAR and wide-field camera instruments, provide the communications equipment and integrate the payload. 
clouds & sunlight

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