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SEDAC, the Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center, is one of the Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs) in the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. SEDAC is a regular member of the World Data System and focuses on human interactions in the environment. Its mission is to develop and operate applications that support the integration of socioeconomic and Earth science data and to serve as an "Information Gateway" between the Earth and social sciences.
The CALIPSO satellite provides new insight into the role that clouds and atmospheric aerosols play in regulating Earth's weather, climate, and air quality. CALIPSO combines an active lidar instrument with passive infrared and visible imagers to probe the vertical structure and properties of thin clouds and aerosols over the globe. CALIPSO was launched on April 28, 2006, with the CloudSat satellite. CALIPSO and CloudSat are highly complementary and together provide new, never-before-seen 3D perspectives of how clouds and aerosols form, evolve, and affect weather and climate. CALIPSO and CloudSat fly in formation with three other satellites in the A-train constellation to enable an even greater understanding of our climate system.
This record is combined with 'NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center' (see: http://service.re3data.org/repository/r3d100010159 ) The World Data Center for Human Interactions in the Environment has been superseded by the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC), which is a regular member of the World Data System (WDS). The International Council for Science (ICSU) replaced the World Data Centers (WDC) with the WDS, which supports the provision of trusted scientific data services by certifying its members to ensure that they maintain the organizational capabilities and infrastructure for managing the data products and services that they offer. SEDAC focuses on human interactions in the environment and is one of the Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs) in the NASA Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS). The NASA Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS) Project, a WDS Network Member, manages the EOSDIS science systems.