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Missions: Tier 1

Satellite missions in Tier 1 of the Decadal Survey will launch from 2010 – 2013. Four missions are planned and will measure climate change by examining solar and earth radiation, soil moisture and freeze/thaw cycles, ice sheet height differences, surface and ice sheet deformation from natural hazards, and vegetation structure.

Mission Mission Category Status
Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) Future, Pre-Formulation
Deformation, Ecosystem Structure and Dynamics of Ice (DESDynI) Eliminated
Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) Future, Implementation
Soil Moisture Active-Passive (SMAP) Current