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The Canadian CloudSat/CALIPSO Validation Programme (C3VP)

Campaign Dates: 
10/31/2006 to 03/01/2007

The Canadian CloudSat/CALIPSO Validation Programme (C3VP) took place during winter 2006-2007. The C3VP sought to evaluate snowfall science and algorithms for CloudSat and CALIPSO. C3VP included airborne and ground-based observations of snow in the vicinity of the Centre of Atmospheric Research Experiments (CARE) site in south-east Ontario, Canada operated by the Meteorological Service of Canada. A secondary objective of C3VP was to collect data for pre-launch development of snowfall algorithms for the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission. The campaign was a collaborative effort between NASA, Canada’s National Research Council (NRC), Environment Canada (EC), and the Colorado State University (CSU).

Domain: southern Ontario, Canada
IOP: Oct 31  –  Nov 09, 2006, Nov 30  –  Dec 11, 2006, Jan 17  –  Jan 28, 2007, Feb 18  –  Mar 01, 2007
EOP: Oct 2006-Mar 2007
NASA Instruments/Platforms: CloudSat, NASA JPL AVR/CVR W-band radar (ground mode), NASA GRC Radiometer (89, 150 GHz, ground based), NASA WFF Parsivel Disdrometers (2), NASA WFF Snow Video Imager

Reference Publication: NASA GPM/PMM Participation in the Canadian CloudSat/CALIPSO Validation Project (C3VP): Physical Process Studies in Snow