ESA's EarthCARE (Cloud, Aerosol and Radiation Explorer) mission - expected to be launched in 2024 - is the largest and most complex Earth Explorer to date, and will advance our understanding of the role that clouds and aerosols play in reflecting incident solar radiation back into space and trapping infrared radiation emitted from Earth's surface.
EarthCARE is a joint venture between ESA and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency).
EarthCARE will employ high-performance lidar and radar technology that has never been flown in space before, with the objective to deliver unprecedented datasets to allow scientists to study the relationship of clouds, aerosols and radiation at accuracy levels that will significantly improve our understanding of these highly variable parameters.
ESOV Software Tools
ESOV (Earth Observation Swath and Orbit Visualisation) provides the means to visualise the instrument swaths of all ESA Earth Observation satellites and assist in understanding where and when satellite measurements are made and ground contact is possible.