There's no need to wait for the launch of the Orbital Carbon Observatory - II; the Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center has a global carbon dioxide (CO2) data product right now, from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite. AIRS CO2 data commence in September 2002 and continue to present.
A new Science Focus! article on the AIRS portal at the GES DISC describes the different methods that are provided to access AIRS data. The article is entitled "Serving AIRS CO2 retrievals".
The data access methods described are:
- Web Map Server (WMS);
- Giovanni, allowing rapid online analysis and generation of graphic images using a Web browser; and
- Mirador, where the AIRS CO2 data files can be downloaded.
The article also describes the various commands, including Web browser URLs, that can be used to access the data, and how WMS clients like Google Earth can be utilized to generate interesting images of this data product.