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Typical Areas for Study Using MISR: Heights and Textures of the Cloud Tops


Typical Areas for Study Using MISR: Heights and Textures of the Cloud Tops

Cloud layer over the Colorado River: A thick cloud layer seen from an airplane over the Colorado River in the western United States, probably originating in the Gulf of California as part of the typical summer monsoon pattern. Thunderheads appear to be growing out of the cloud mass in this late afternoon photograph. Having 9 cameras with different look angles, MISR will view clouds in "hyper-stereo." This makes it possible for MISR to measure the height and texture of cloud tops such as those seen here.

Photograph by Barbara Gaitley, JPL image P-48864A

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