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ACOS GOSAT/TANSO-FTS Level 2 Full Physics Standard ProductEntry ID: GES_DISC_ACOS_L2S_V2.9
Abstract: This data set contains Carbon Dioxide (CO2) column averaged dry air mole fraction for all soundings for which retrieval was attempted. These are the highest-level products made available by the ACOS Project, from algorithm build version 2.9
The GOSAT team at JAXA produces GOSAT TANSO-FTS Level 1B (L1B) data products for internal use and for distribution to collaborative partners, such as ... ESA and NASA. These calibrated products are augmented by the ACOS Project with additional geolocation information and further corrections. These ACOS Level 1B products (with calibrated radiances and geolocation) are the input to the ACOS Level 2 production process.
Even though the GES DISC is not publicly distributing Level 1B ACOS products, it should be known that changes in this version are affecting both Level 1B and Level 2 data. An important enhancement in Level1B will address the degradation in the number of quality-passed soundings in v2.8.
Elimination of many systematic biases, and better agreement with TCCON (Total Carbon Column Observing Network), is expected in Level 2 retrievals. The key changes to the L2 algorithm include scaling the O2-A band spectroscopy (reducing XCO2 bias by 4 or 5 ppm); using interpolation with the instrument lineshape [ ILS ] (reducing XCO2 bias by 1.5 ppm); and fitting a zero level offset to the A-band.
Users have to also carefully familiarize themselves with the disclaimer in the new documentation. An important element to note are the updates on data screening. Although a Master Quality Flag is provided in the data product, further analysis of a larger set of data has allowed the science team to provide an updated set of screening criteria. These are listed in the data user's guide, and are recommended instead of the Master Quality Flag.
Lastly, users should continue to carefully observe and weigh information from three important flags:
sounding_qual_flag - quality of input data provided to the retrieval processing
outcome_flag - retrieval quality based upon certain internal thresholds (not thoroughly evaluated)
master_quality_flag - four possible values: "Good", "Caution" and "Bad", and "Failed", as determined from other flags in the L2 product
The short name for this data type is ACOS_L2S.
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Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: email@example.com
Dataset Title: ACOS GOSAT/TANSO-FTS Level 2 Full Physics Standard Product
Dataset Release Place: Greenbelt, MD, USA
Dataset Publisher: Goddard Earth Science Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC)
Data Presentation Form: Digital Science DataOnline Resource: http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/acdisc/documentation/ACOS.shtml
Start Date: 2009-04-05
ISO Topic Category
Quality These data are from algorithm build version 2.9
Access Constraints This product have full public access
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: FTP/HTTP
Distribution Size: 3 MB
Distribution Format: HDF5
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: Andrey.Savtchenko at nasa.gov
Distributed Active Archive Center Global Change Data Center Code 610.2 NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2011-10-31
Last DIF Revision Date: 2011-12-08