August 07, 2001
Provided by: NASA/GSFC Landsat Program
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster
NASA scientists at Lanley Research Center in Hampton, VA are using a lighthouse, research aircraft and a satellite for a unique field study this summer. On the sea, in the sky, and from space, the goal is to ultimately better understand global climate.
The Chesapeake Lighthouse and Aircraft Measurements for Satellites (CLAMS) campaign began just a few weeks ago. Climatologists and oceanographers are utilizing equipment mounted on the U.S. Coast Guard's Chesapeake lighthouse, about 15 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, VA (shown above), as well as instruments on six research airplanes and the orbiting Terra research satellite to improve knowledge of how the ocean affects the atmosphere.