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ESA Greenhouse Gases Climate Change Initiative (GHG_cci): SCIAMACHY CO2 Level 2 Data Product (CO2_SCI_BESD), version 02.00.08, generated with the BESD algorithm

Latest Data Update: 2015-06-14
Status: Superseded
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Working
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Dataset Size: 3.2K Files | 764MB

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Part of the European Space Agency's (ESA) Greenhouse Gases (GHG) Climate Change Initiative (CCI) project and the Climate Research Data Package Number 2 (CRDP#2), the BESD XCO2 SCIAMACHY product comprises a level 2, column-averaged dry-air mole fraction (mixing ratio) for carbon dioxide (CO2). The product has been produced using data acquired from the SCanning Imaging Absorption spectroMeter for Atmospheric CHartographY (SCIAMACHY) on board the European Space Agency's environmental research satellite ENVISAT.

This product has been produced with the Bremen Optimal Estimation DOAS (BESD) algorithm, a full physics algorithm which uses measurements in the O2-A absorption band to retrieve scattering information of clouds and aerosols. This is the GHG CCI baseline algorithm for deriving SCIAMACHY XCO2 data: A product has also been generated from the SCIAMACHY data using an alternative algorithm: the WFMD algorithm, the link to this product's record page being provided in the documentation section. It is advised that users who aren't sure whether to use the baseline or alternative product use this product generated with the BESD baseline algorithm. For more information regarding the differences between baseline and alternative algorithms please see the GHG-CCI data products webpage in the documentation section.

For further information on the product, including details of the BESD algorithm and the SCIAMACHY instrument, please see the associated product user guide (PUG) or the Algorithm Theoretical Basis Documents in the documentation section.

Citable as:  ESA CCI GHG project team (9999): ESA Greenhouse Gases Climate Change Initiative (GHG_cci): SCIAMACHY CO2 Level 2 Data Product (CO2_SCI_BESD), version 02.00.08, generated with the BESD algorithm. Centre for Environmental Data Analysis, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined


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Public data: access to these data is available to both registered and non-registered users.
Use of these data is covered by the following licence: When using these data you must cite them correctly using the citation given on the CEDA Data Catalogue record.
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Data were processed by the ESA CCI GHG project team and supplied to CEDA as part of the ESA CCI Open Data Portal Project

File Format:
Data in NetCDF format

Process overview

  • units: degree
  • long_name: Sensor zenith angle
  • standard_name: sensor_zenith_angle
  • var_id: sensor_zenith_angle
  • units: 1e-6
  • long_name: a priori dry-air mole fraction profile of atmospheric carbon dioxide
  • var_id: co2_profile_apriori
  • units: 1
  • long_name: normalized column averaging kernel
  • var_id: xco2_averaging_kernel
  • units: hPa
  • long_name: pressure levels
  • var_id: pressure_levels
  • units: 1
  • long_name: pressure weight
  • var_id: pressure_weight
  • long_name: quality flag
  • var_id: xco2_quality_flag
  • units: degree
  • long_name: solar zenith angle
  • var_id: solar_zenith_angle
  • standard_name: solar_zenith_angle

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  • units: degrees_north
  • standard_name: latitude
  • var_id: latitude
  • long_name: latitude
  • units: degrees_east
  • standard_name: longitude
  • var_id: longitude
  • long_name: longitude
  • long_name: time
  • standard_name: time
  • var_id: time
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