MPLNETThe NASA Micro-Pulse Lidar NetworkNational Aeronautics and
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The NASA Micro-Pulse Lidar Network (MPLNET) is a federated network of Micro-Pulse Lidar (MPL) systems designed to measure aerosol and cloud vertical structure, and boundary layer heights. The data are collected continuously, day and night, over long time periods from sites around the world. Most MPLNET sites are co-located with sites in the NASA Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET). MPLNET is also a contributing network to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Global Atmospheric Watch (GAW) Aerosol Lidar Observation Network, GALION.

MPLNET data have contributed to many studies and applications. Key focus areas for MPLNET include:

  • domestic and international aerosol and cloud research
  • climate change and air quality studies
  • support for NASA satellite and sub-orbital missions
  • aerosol modeling and forecasting

MPLNET is composed of NASA sites and others run by, or with help from, partners from around the world. Principal investigators for individual network sites may be from NASA, other US government agencies, universities, or foreign institutions. MPLNET core activities and the NASA staff are funded by the NASA Radiation Sciences Program and the NASA Earth Observing System (EOS). Many individual network sites also have their own funding support.

Data Policy:

Use of MPLNET data and resources should adhere to our data policy in order to maintain the integrity of the data base and fairness to the individuals who have contributed. Please review our data policy.

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