Part of NASA's fleet of weather- and climate-tracking satellites, CloudSat uses advanced radar to examine the inner structure of clouds, helping researchers better understand how severe tropical cyclones as well as climate changes related to clouds occur.
In August 2010, CloudSat embarked on a new mission phase to study the genesis and patterns of tropical cyclones. Since its launch in 2006, CloudSat has played an instrumental role in new techniques for estimating the intensity of hurricanes from space, in addition to producing data about links between pollution and rainfall.
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- CloudSat uses an advanced cloud-profiling radar that "slices" through clouds of tropical cyclones and other storm systems, enabling researchers to see their height, their different layers and the areas where the heavier bands of rain are found in order to quantify their intensity and impact. (https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7492)