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EOSDIS Data News: December 2017


NASA's Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC) published the dataset “Version 2.3 ozone (O3) BUV-like profile data product”. This dataset provides ozone mixing ratios, reported at 15 pressure levels between 50 and 0.5 hectoPascals. Additionally, this data product contains measurements of total ozone, UV aerosol index, and reflectivities at 331 and 380 nm. The dataset time range is 2011-11-07 to present. The spatial coverage of the data is global (-82⁰ to +82⁰ latitude), and each day typically has 80 profiles. The footprint size is 250 km x 250 km. The data were derived from data acquired by the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) Nadir Profiler (NP) instrument on the joint NASA/NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite.

GES DISC published the dataset “NASA Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) aerosol product generated by the version OMAERUV algorithm”. This dataset provides aerosol optical depth, aerosol absorption optical depth, single scattering albedos, and aerosol index data products. The data time range is 2004-10-01 to present, and are provided at 13 km x 24 km spatial resolution. The data were derived from measurements taken by the OMI instrument on the Aura satellite.

GES DISC released the Earth Science Data Record (ESDR) “Sulfur Dioxide”. This dataset provides atmospheric SO2 concentrations. The dataset covers the entire period of the S-NPP/OMPS mission, from launch in October 2011 to the present, with forward data processing ongoing. The data are provided at 50 x 50 km spatial resolution. The data were derived from backscatter Ultraviolet (BUV) measurements from the OMPS Nadir Mapper (NM), flown on the Suomi-NPP satellite.

GES DISC published the dataset Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) version 4.2 near-real-time (NRT) data. This upgrade increases the vertical height range of the NRT temperature product to provide additional coverage in the upper stratosphere/ lower mesosphere (up to 0.001 hectoPascals). For those currently using the version 3 NRT products, it is expected to continue to be produced in parallel with version 4 NRT for the next several months, nominally until 1 April 2018, at which time the v3 NRT processing will be discontinued. The data are derived from MLS retrievals. NRT data do not have digital object identifier (DOI) reference listings.


NASA's Global Hydrometeorology Resource Center Distributed Active Archive Center (GHRC DAAC) published three datasets from the Global Precipitation Measurement Ground Validation (GPM-GV) program. Two datasets were collected during the Olympic Mountain Experiment (OLYMPEX) held on the Olympic Peninsula in the Pacific Northwest of the United States between November 2015 and January 2016. The third is from the Integrated Precipitation and Hydrology Experiment (IPHEx), which took place in North Carolina in the spring of 2014.

GPM-GV Two-Dimensional Video Disdrometer (2DVD) OLYMPEX

Collected from four sites, the data contains daily ASCII-tsv files with information on individual hydrometeors including the number of hydrometeors, raindrop size distribution, and particle concentration. The data range from October 31, 2015 through January 17, 2016; exact dates may vary per site.

GPM-GV Cloud Radar System (CRS) OLYMPEX

This dataset provides radar reflectivity and Doppler velocity data used to estimate cloud droplet distribution for the storms monitored during the field campaign. The CRS instrument is a 94GHz W-band Doppler radar with a 3mm wavelength. CRS can be deployed as both an airborne instrument onboard NASA’s high-altitude science aircraft, the Earth Resource 2 (ER-2), as well as a ground based radar system. Only the airborne mode was used during OLYMPEX. In addition to reflectivity and Doppler velocity, the data files include aircraft flight information. The CRS was flown on 10 different days between November 10, 2015 and December 10, 2015. Each data file contains one hour of flight measurements during flight in UTC time. Files for this dataset are in netCDF-3 format and readily accessible without the need of specialized software.

GPM-GV Southern Appalachian Rain Gauge IPHEx

Rain gauge data from 45 observation sites are available in ASCII-csv format from January 3, 2008 thru December 31, 2014. Data collection began in 2008 due to the entire network being funded by the NASA Precipitation Measurement Missions (PMM) to make these observations of orographic precipitation in preparation for the IPHEx field campaign held May 1 to June 15, 2014.

GHRC DAAC published the Global Precipitation Measurement Ground Validation (GPM-GV) Precipitation Estimation from Remotely Sensed Information using Artificial Neural Networks Cloud Classification System (PERSIANN-CCS) Iowa Flood Studies (IFloodS) dataset. This dataset is a subset from the global 30-minute PERSIANN-CCS files generated in near-real time selected for the time period of the GPM-GV IFloodS field campaign. The main goal of IFloodS were to collect detailed measurements of precipitation at the Earth’s surface using ground instruments and advanced weather radars and to simultaneously collect data from satellites passing overhead. This PERSIANN-CCS data product is available in ASCII and netCDF-4 formats from April 1, 2013 thru July 1, 2013.


NASA's Land Processes DAAC (LP DAAC) recently released the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Thermal Anomalies Swath (VNP14) and the Moderate Resolution Terrain Correction Geolocation (VNP03MODLL) Version 1 products. The VNP14 swath product is produced in 6 minute temporal satellite increments (swaths) at 750 meter resolution. This data product enables users to understand the location and intensity of fire events as well as identifying thermal anomalies. The VNP03MODLL swath data product is based on 6-minute increments, similar to the VNP14. VNP03MODLL provides the relevant latitude and longitude layers necessary for applying accurate geolocation to VNP14 swath data.

LP DAAC recently released Headwall Hyperspectral Reflectance data for the Long-Term Ecological Research at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, Minnesota. The fine-scale images were acquired of a prairie grassland ecosystem during June/July 2014 and July 2015. The reflectance data are at 1 millimeter spatial resolution in the 400 to 1,000 nanometer spectral range. This dataset can be used to understand the optical diversity-biodiversity relationship and investigate the spatial sensitivity of the optical diversity-biodiversity relationship at local scales. This dataset provides a new opportunity for LP DAAC to reach the hyperspectral user community.


NASA's National Snow and Ice Data Center DAAC (NSIDC DAAC) announced a change to data access for the dataset Making Earth System Data Records for Use in Research Environments (MEaSUREs) interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR)-Based Ice Velocity of the Amundsen Sea Embayment, Antarctica, Version 1. Data access is now solely through the primary archive at: https://n5eil01u.ecs.nsidc.org/MEASURES/NSIDC-0545.001/. File level spatial and temporal metadata have been added to aid in searching and ordering the data through Earthdata Search.

NSIDC DAAC published new campaign data through 28 August 2017 for the dataset NASA IceBridge UAF Lidar Scanner L1B Geolocated Surface Elevation Triplets.
NSIDC DAAC published new campaign data through 18 November 2016 for the dataset NASA IceBridge KT19 IR Surface Temperature.


NASA's Oak Ridge National Laboratory DAAC (ORNL DAAC) published the Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) dataset CMS: Simulated Physical-Biogeochemical Data, South Atlantic Bight and Gulf of Mexico (SABGOM) Model, Gulf of Mexico, 2005-2010. This dataset contains monthly mean ocean surface physical and biogeochemical data for the Gulf of Mexico simulated by the SABGOM model on a 5-km grid from 2005 to 2010.

ORNL DAAC published the CMS dataset CMS: CO2 Emissions from Fossil Fuels Combustion, ACES Inventory for Northeastern USA. This dataset provides estimates of annual and hourly carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels (FF) for 13 states across the Northeastern United States.

ORNL DAAC revised the CMS dataset - CMS: Global Carbon Fluxes Associated with Livestock Feed and Emissions, 2000-2013 by adding 4 netCDF data files. This dataset provides global annual carbon flux estimates, at 0.05-degree resolution, associated with livestock feed intake, manure, manure management, respiration, and enteric fermentation, summed over all livestock types.

ORNL DAAC published the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) dataset ABoVE: Study Domain and Standard Reference Grids, Version 2. The ABoVE has developed two standardized spatial data products to expedite coordination of research activities and to facilitate data interoperability. Core and Extended study regions have been designated within this Domain and are provided in both a vector representation (Shapefile) and a raster representation (GeoTIFF at 1,000-meter spatial resolution). Note that the designated standard projection for the all ABoVE products is the Canadian Albers Equal Area projection.

ORNL DAAC published the Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) dataset CMS: Lidar Data for Mangrove Forests in the Zambezi River Delta, Mozambique, 2014. This dataset provides high-resolution lidar point cloud data collected during surveys over mangrove forests in the Zambezi River Delta in Mozambique in May 2014. The data are arranged into 144 1- by 1-km tiles.

ORNL DAAC published the dataset CMS: Aboveground Biomass for Mangrove Forest, Zambezi River Delta, Mozambique. This dataset provides several estimates of aboveground biomass from various regressions and allometries for mangrove forest in the Zambezi River Delta, Mozambique. Plot level estimates of aboveground biomass are based on extensive tree biophysical measurements from field campaigns conducted in September and October of 2012 and 2013. Aboveground biomass estimates for the larger area of mangrove coverage within the delta are based on (1) the plot level data and (2) canopy structure data derived from airborne lidar surveys in 2014.

This dataset has been added to the ORNL DAAC Spatial Data Access Tool (SDAT) as well (see https://webmap.ornl.gov/ogc/dataset.jsp?ds_id=1522 ).

ORNL DAAC published the Atmospheric Carbon and Transport – America (ACT-America) dataset ACT-America: L2 In Situ Atmospheric CO2, CO, CH4, and O3 Concentrations, Eastern USA. This dataset provides atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), methane (CH4), and ozone (O3) concentrations collected during airborne campaigns conducted by the ACT-America project. ACT-America's mission spans 5 years and includes five 6-week field campaigns covering all 4 seasons and 3 regions of the central and eastern United States. Complete aircraft flight information including, but not limited to, latitude, longitude, and altitude are also provided.

ORNL DAAC published the ORNL DAAC MODIS Subsets tool dataset MODIS Collection 6 Land Products Fixed Sites Subsetting and Visualization Tool. The MODIS Fixed Sites Subsetting Tool provides customized subsets and visualizations of several MODIS Collection 6 land products for 2000+ selected field and flux tower sites around the world. Spatial subsets of the land products are available for predefined areas (approximately 8.5- by 8.5-km) centered on the selected sites. Users select a site and land product through the graphical web interface and are directed to a page with options for data download and visualizations.


NASA's Physical Oceanography DAAC (PO.DAAC) reported on the latest status of the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission data ingest.

  • All Version 2.0 sample data files have passed testing through the PO.DAAC system interface and metadata compliance validation.
  • All Version 2.0 data has bee fully processed and made available for PO.DAAC to ingest.
  • PO.DAAC has thus far ingested 64% of available Level 1 data files and 100% of available Level 2 and Level 3 data files, covering the entire available time series from 18 March 2017 through 8 December 2017.
  • Metadata export to the Common Metadata Repository (CMR) and Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS) Metric System (EMS) capability has been set up
  • Anticipate opening the collection to the public on Monday, December 18.


Beta test versions of the Gridded Population of the World, Version 4 (GPWv4): Revision 10 datasets (v4.10) were released 15 November. The release contains a new dataset on Basic Demographic Characteristics, which provides gridded estimates of population by age groups and gender for 2010. Revision 10 also includes updates to Administrative Unit Center Points with Population Estimates, Data Quality Indicators, Land and Water Area, National Identifier Grid, Population Count, Population Density, Population Count Adjusted to Match 2015 Revision of UN WPP Country Totals, and Population Density Adjusted to Match 2015 Revision of UN WPP Country Totals. See: http://beta.sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/data/collection/gpw-v4/sets/browse.

NASA's Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) released the dataset, Global Population Projection Grids Based on Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), 2010-2100, on 8 December as part of the SEDAC Population Dynamics data collection. The dataset provides global gridded population projections at a resolution of 7.5 arc-minutes for urban, rural, and total population, consistent both quantitatively and qualitatively with the SSPs at ten-year intervals for 2010-2100. Spatial demographic projections are key inputs into studies of future land use, energy use, and emissions and the assessment of climate change vulnerability, impacts, and adaptation.

SEDAC released two related datasets developed by E. Brown de Coulston of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and colleagues on 8 December, together with an interactive data visualization and access tool. The Global Man-made Impervious Surface (GMIS) Dataset From Landsat consists of global estimates of fractional impervious cover at 30-meter resolution derived from the Global Land Survey (GLS) Landsat dataset for the target year 2010. GMIS includes 2 layers: global percent of impervious cover and per-pixel associated uncertainty for the global impervious cover. The Global Human Built-up And Settlement Extent (HBASE) Dataset from Landsat also has two layers: the HBASE mask and the pixel-wise probability of HBASE. The HBASE mask was created for post-processing of the GMIS dataset, but can also be utilized by users needing a binary map. All of the layers are co-registered to the same spatial extent at a common 30-meter spatial resolution. These datasets are expected to support urban land cover studies from local to global scales as well as those modeling climate/environmental impacts of man-made surfaces.

The data may be viewed and subsetted using a 4-panel map interface adapted from the SEDAC Map Viewer: http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/mapping/gmis-hbase/explore-view/.

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