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The majority of these data were processed from instrument measurements taken aboard the Nimbus-4 and Nimbus-7 spacecrafts from the 1970's throughout the 1980's. Primary among these are the Nimbus-4 BUV ozone, Nimbus-7 SBUV and TOMS ozone, Nimbus-7 LIMS stratospheric trace species, and Nimbus-4 IRIS radiance data. Others include trace species data and atmospheric emission spectra from the Shuttle-borne SpaceLab 3 as well as ozone profile and IR/UV radiance data from the SME platform. Some of these data arealready available from the Goddard GES DISC via FTP(some are still on tapes and would be made available on-line at user's rerequest. These data are available according to the tables that follow.


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Ozone Profiles

Ozone was monitored by two similar instruments; the Backscatter Ultraviolet Spectrometer (BUV) and the Solar Backscatter Spectrometer (SBUV).The BUV was mounted on the Nimbus-4 satellite and collected data from 1970-04-10 to 1977-06-05.The SBUV was mounted on the Nimbus-7 satellite and collected data from 1979-01-21 until 1987-01-24.The data from both instruments were processed using the same algorithm.

The data are available in three formats, depending on desired level of processing.

  1. High-Density (HDSBUV or HDBUV) - Full resolution data with complete auxiliary information
  2. Compressed Ozone (CPOZ) - Full resolution data with selected auxiliary information
  3. Zonal Mean Tape (ZMT) - Zonal mean data only

 

 Archived Data Sets

 

DATA SET NAME FORMER NSSDC ID START DATE END DATE PLATFORM
CPOZ-B 70-025A-05P 1970-04-10 1977-05-06 Nimbus 4
CPOZ 78-098A-09Q 1978-10-31 1990-06-21 Nimbus 7
HDBUV 70-025A-0AQ 1970-04-10 1977-06-05 Nimbus 4
HDSBUV 78-098A-09D 1979-01-21 1987-01-24 Nimbus 7
ZMT 70-025A-05O 1977-11-04 1977-05-02 Nimbus 4

 

DATA SET NAMESTART DATEEND DATEVOLUME (MB)
NIMBUS 4 HDBUV1970-04-101970-12-31300
NIMBUS 4 HDBUV1971-01-011971-12-31300
NIMBUS 4 HDBUV1972-01-011973-12-08302
NIMBUS 4 HDBUV1974-01-111974-12-3185
NIMBUS 4 HDBUV1975-01-011975-12-3181
NIMBUS 4 HDBUV1976-01-011977-05-0691
NIMBUS 4 ZMT1970-04-111977-05-0231
NIMBUS 4 CPOZ-B1970-04-101977-05-062048
NIMBUS 7 HDSBUV1978-10-311979-01-1990
NIMBUS 7 HDSBUV1979-01-211980-01-26344
NIMBUS 7 HDSBUV1980-01-271981-01-24340
NIMBUS 7 HDSBUV1981-01-261981-11-01261
NIMBUS 7 HDSBUV1981-11-021982-07-11351
NIMBUS 7 HDSBUV1982-11-071983-11-05296
NIMBUS 7 HDSBUV1983-11-061984-11-03472
NIMBUS 7 HDSBUV1984-11-041985-11-02486
NIMBUS 7 HDSBUV1985-11-031986-07-12228
NIMBUS 7 HDSBUV1986-07-131987-01-24146
NIMBUS 7 HDSBUV1987-01-251987-11-07383
NIMBUS 7 HDSBUV1987-11-081988-11-05492
NIMBUS 7 HDSBUV1988-11-061989-11-05492
NIMBUS 7 HDSBUV1989-11-061990-06-21313
NIMBUS 7 HDSBUV1986-11-021987-01-24103
NIMBUS 7 CPOZ1978-10-311990-06-21 

 


Thermal Emission of the Earth (IRIS)

The Infrared Interferometer Spectrometer (IRIS) on Nimbus 3 and 4 measured thermal emission of the Earth and its atmosphere in the spectral range of 5 to 20 micrometers, with nominal spectral resolutions of 5 and 1.4 cm**-1, respectively.Interferograms were Fourier transformed into spectra.

DATA SET NAMEFORMER NSSDC IDSTART DATEEND DATEVOLUME (MB)
NIMBUS 4 IRIS Thermal Emission Spectra Level 1B70-025A-03A1970-04-091971-01-302426

 


Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy (ATMOS) Data From Spacelab-3

TheAtmosphericTraceMolecule Spectroscopy (ATMOS) experiment was flown on the Space Shuttle STS-51B as part of the Spacelab-3 laboratory todemonstratethecapabilitytomonitor environmentalquality bysurveying theatmospherefortrace constituentsandbyidentifying theirsources, flow patterns, and decaymechanisms.The ATMOS experiment objectivewasto determine concentration profiles for a large number of stratosphericspecies for altitudes from20 to 80 km, with a vertical resolution of 2 km. The ATMOS instrument viewed the sun through the stratosphere and measured the spectral absorption of solar energy. Each data-taking run was initiated before the sun emerged from or disappeared behind the earth.Data from the instrument for these sunrise and sunset limb encounters were interferograms that were processed on the ground to provide absorption spectra.ATMOS also collected IR solar spectral data on the molecular processes occuring near the Sun's surface and on the physical structure and composition of the Sun's chromosphere and photosphere. The instrument was a continuous-scanning Fourier spectrometer that operated in the 2- to 16-micrometerwavelengthregion and generated one interferogram eachsecond, with a spectral resolution of 0.01 (1/cm). The ATMOS instrument is part of NASA/JPL's long-term atmospheric measurement program. ATMOS was also flown on ATLAS-1 and ATLAS-2 as part of NASA's Mission to Planet Earth Program (MTPE). ATMOS will be flown on subsequent ATLAS shuttle missions.

DATA SET NAMEFORMER NSSDC IDSTART DATEEND DATE
Trace Gas Mixing Ratio Profiles85-034A-14A1985-04-291985-05-01
ATMOS IR Spectra85-034A-14B1985-05-011985-05-01
ATMOS Raw Solar IR Spectral85-034A-14E1985-04-291985-05-01

 

DATA SET NAMESTART DATEEND DATEVOLUME (MB)
Spacelab 3 ATMOS IR SPECTA1985-04-291985-05-012420
Spacelab 3 ATMOS Raw Solar IR1985-05-011985-05-01110

The ATMOS Trace gas profile data are currently stored on a single IBM PC floppy disk. Total volume is about 40MB.


Solar Mesospheric Explorer (SME)

The Solar Mesosphere Explorer (SME) mission objective was primarily to investigate the processes that create and destroy ozone in the Earth's mesosphere and upper stratosphere.

Instruments

  • a solar ultraviolet spectrometer
  • an ultraviolet ozone spectrometer
  • an infrared radiometer
  • a 1.27-micrometer spectrometer
  • a nitrogen dioxide spectrometer
  • a solar proton alarm detector

 

DATA SET NAME FORMER NSSDC ID START DATE END DATE
UV Daily Orbital Ozone Profile 81-100A-01C 1981-12-15 1986-12-18
* UV Daily/Monthly Vertical Mixing Ratio 81-100A-01E 1981-12-15 1986-12-18
IR Ozone Radiance 81-100A-03B 1981-12-15 1986-12-18
IR Daily Orbital Ozone Profile 81-100A-03C 1981-12-15 1986-12-18
* IR Daily/Monthly Vertical Mixing Ratio 81-100A-03E 1981-12-15 1986-12-18
Visible Spectrometer Radiance 81-100A-04D 1982-01-01 1986-12-18

* These data sets have not been fully transitioned to the DAAC.

DATA SET NAME START DATE END DATE VOLUME (MB)
UV Daily/Monthly Vertical Mixing Ratio 1981-12-15 1986-12-18 40
IR Daily/Monthly Vertical Mixing Ratio 1981-12-15 1986-12-18 40
IR Radiance Data 1981-12-16 1983-01-01 39
IR Radiance Data 1983-01-01 1984-01-05 63
IR Radiance Data 1984-01-07 1985-01-19 79
IR Radiance Data 1985-01-20 1986-01-16 107
IR Radiance Data 1986-01-17 1986-11-26 79
IR/UV Daily Orbital Ozone Profile 1981-12-15 1986-12-18 100
Visible Spectrometer Radiance 1982-01-01 1986-12-18 4600

 


Limb Infrared Monitor of the Stratosphere (LIMS)


Infrared radiances from the LIMS instrument, mounted on the Nimbus-7 satellite, were stored on a Radiance Archive Tape (RAT).RAT data was used to derive a series of products:

LIMS Inverted Profile Archival Tape (LAIPAT)
Radiances (from RAT) are used to derive daily inverted profiles of temperature, and mixing ratios of ozone, water vapor, nitric acid, and nitrogen dioxide.Profiles are geolocated.
LIMS Map Archival Tape (LAMAT)
LAIPAT data is processed to create daily maps in the form of Fourier coefficients for each parameter at 18 pressure levels (from 0.05 to 100 mb).Data are organized and averaged into 38 four-degree latitude bands.Data for the daily maps are interpolated to the two synoptic times (0000 GMT for night and 1200 GMT for day).Also included is the day/night combined (averaged) data.
LIMS Stacked Map Archival Tape (LASMAT)
LASMAT data are monthly and seasonal means of LAMAT data.

 

DATA SET NAME START DATE END DATE VOLUME (MB)
LAIPAT 1978-10-25 1979-05-29 743
LAMAT 1978-10-25 1979-05-29 144
LASMAT 1978-10-25 1979-05-29 7

 


Sun and Earth Radiance SBUV Continuous Scans

The Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet (SBUV) on Nimbus 7 mainly measures albedos at 12 selected wavelengths in the UV spectrum for the purpose of deriving atmospheric ozone.In the spectral scan mode, however, it measures solar irradiances and earth radiances from 160 to 400 nm in 0.2-nm steps, with a 1.1-nm half-width triangular bandpass.Solar measurements were made once a day (three scans), at the northern terminator of one orbit.Earth measurments were made once every 24 days for the entire day, in place of the step scan measurements for ozone determination.

 

DATA SET NAME START DATE END DATE VOLUME (MB)
Nimbus 7 SBUV Earth 1978-11-04 1986-10-28 359
Nimbus 7 SUNC 1978-11-04 1986-10-28 359


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