The AERONET program is a federation of ground-based remote sensing aerosol networks established by NASA and LOA-PHOTONS (CNRS) and has been expanded by collaborators from international agencies, institutes, universities, individual scientists and partners. AERONET (AErosol RObotic NETwork) provides a long-term, continuous public database of aerosol optical, microphysical, and radiative properties for aerosol research and characterization, validation of satellite measurements, and synergism with other databases.
Researchers from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center deploy AERONET stations for FIREX-AQ – Distributed Regional Aerosol Gridded Observation Networks (DRAGON) of 5 or more cimels distributed horizontally and vertically – at fixed locations in Missoula, Taylor Ranch and McCall. In addition two mobile deployment teams manage regional platforms with lidar and sun photometer.
Regional DRAGON and AERONET sites operate 22 July - 6 September with night focus 7 - 21 August for FIREX-AQ.