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The analysis of the properties of clouds is aimed at understanding their evolution and development. In particular this work hopes to improve rainfall prediction techniques.

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EOPI - Accurate Rain Information from ENVISAT Sensors (ARIES). Results published June 2004.

11 October 2006

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Clouds and rain are an integral part of the cycle of freshwater between atmosphere and ocean, and they also affect the radiative heat flux between the Earth and space. Many different sensors show sensitivity to various properties of clouds; due to its payload of multiple high precision instruments, Envisat is the first satellite to provide simultaneous observations of many of these parameters on a nearly global basis. Such simultaneity of diverse measurements is critical to the understanding of rapidly-evolving rain systems.

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