ADCPacoustic Doppler current profiler
AGLabove ground level
AOC Aircraft Operations Center (NOAA/U.S.)
ARGOS French/U.S. Satellite and Data Location System
ARL Aeronomy Research Laboratory (NOAA)
ARM Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (Program)
ATLAS autonomous temperature line acquisition system (PMEL/NOAA/U.S.)
AVHRR advanced very high resolution radiometer
BBHIR broadband hemispherical field-of-view infrared radiometer
BOM Bureau of Meteorology
C4 Center for Clouds, Chemistry, and Climate
CBL convective boundary layer
CCA CEPEX Central Archive
CCM2 Community Climate Model—version 2 (NCAR)
CEPEX Central Equatorial Pacific Experiment
CERES Clouds and Earth Radiation Energy System
CM4 Climate Model—version 4
COARE Couple Ocean-Atmosphere Response Experiment
CSU Colorado State University
DMSP Defense Meteorological Satellite Program
DOE Department of Energy
ECMWF European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting
ENSO El Niño southern oscillation
EOS Earth Observing System
ERBE Earth Radiation Budget Experiment
FIRE First ISCCP Regional Experiment
FSSP cloud droplet spectrum sensor built by Particle Measuring Systems
FTIR Fourier transform infrared (spectroradiometer)
GATE GARP (Global Atmospheric Research Program) Atlantic Tropical Experiment
GCM general circulation model
GFDL Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (Princeton)
GMS Geostationary Meteorological Satellite
GOES Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite
GPS Global Positioning System
GTS Global Telecommunications System
HIRAM high-resolution limited-area model
HIRS high-resolution infrared sounder
HRC highly reflective clouds
HRPT high-resolution picture transmission
IMET improved meteorological instruments for ships and buoys
INE inertial navigation equipment
INMARSAT International Maritime Satellite
IR infrared
ISS integrated sounding system
ISSCP International Satellite Cloud and Climatology Project
ITCZ intertropical convergence zone
IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
LAFI Lyman-alpha fluorescence instrument
LAN limited-area non-hydrostatic (model)
LANL Los Alamos National Laboratory
LF lower fuselage
Loran Long-Range Aid to Navigation
MAS MODIS Atmospheric Simulator
McIDAS Man-Computer Interactive Data Access System
MODIS moderate resolution imaging spectrometer
MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MPI Max-Planck Institute
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NCAR National Center for Atmospheric Research
NFOVR narrow-field-of-view radiometer
NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology
NMC National Meteorological Center
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NSF National Science Foundation
NWS National Weather Service
OAGCM ocean-atmosphere general circulation model
OFPS Office of Field Project Support (UCAR)
OLR outgoing long-wave radiation
OLS optical line scanner
OSU Oregon State University
PI principal investigator
PIBAL pilot balloon
PMEL Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
PMS particle measurement systems
POSEIDON Satellite Program (France)
PROTEUS profile telemetry of upper ocean currents (PMEL/NOAA/U.S.)
PS project scientist
PSP precision spectral pyranometers
RAD radiation
RAMS radiation measurement system
RASS radar acoustic sounding system
RHI range-heigh indicator
RH relative humidity
R/V research vessel
SBR short-wave broadband radiometer
SIO Scripps Institution of Oceanography
SPCZ south Pacific convergence zone
SSM/I special sensor microwave/Imager
SST Sea Surface Temperature
STEP Stratospheric-Tropospheric Exchange Project
SUNY State University of New York
TA tail
TAO tropical atmosphere ocean array
TDDR total direct-diffuse radiometer
TOGA Tropical Ocean Global Atmosphere
TOGA-COARE Tropical Ocean Global Atmosphere/Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Response Experiment
TOPEX Topographic Ocean Experiment (CNES/France and NASA/U.S.)
TOVS Tiros operational vertical sounder
TRMM Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission
UCAR University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
UCLA University of California, Los Angeles
UCSD University of California, San Diego
UHF ultra high frequency
USC University of Southern California
UTC Universal Time Coordinate (Zulu or Greenwich Mean Time)
UV ultraviolet
VHF very high frequency
VISSR visible and infrared spin scan radiometer
WCRP World Climate Research Programme
WMO World Meteorological Organization
XBT expendable bathy-thermograph

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