Data Products

MOPITT retrievals of carbon monoxide vertical profiles and total column are available for the period starting March 3, 2000 and continuing to the present. There is no operational MOPITT product for methane, due to a variety of problems with the methane-channel radiances. Some of these issues are documented in the 2005 paper "Effects of a spectral surface reflectance on measurements of backscattered solar radiation: Application to the MOPITT methane retrieval" by Pfister et al. (see MOPITT publications ).

Available Products

  • Version 6 (V6) Level 2 products for CO vertical profiles and total column are currently available for 2008. The same three retrieval variants are offered for V6 that were introduced for V5 (i.e., TIR-only, NIR-only, and TIR/NIR products). V6 products are available in the HDF-EOS5 format, which can not be opened and read with software tools developed for HDF4 files (e.g., MOPITT V4 and V5 products). See the V6 User's Guide for more information.
  • Version 5 (V5) Level 2 and Level 3 products for CO vertical profiles and total column are available for the entire MOPITT mission (March, 2000 - present).  Three Level 2 retrieval variants are offered for V5: A thermal infrared-only (TIR-only) product, similar to the V4 product; a new near infrared-only (NIR-only) product; and a new joint or multispectral TIR/NIR product. At this time, the V5 TIR-only product is considered 'provisionally validated' whereas the NIR-only and joint TIR/NIR products are considered 'beta'-grade products.
  • Version 4 (V4) products for CO vertical profiles and total column will continue to be processed operationally at least through the end of 2011. The V4 product is considered 'validated.' Level 1 radiances (daily), Level 2 CO (daily) and Level 3 CO (daily and monthly) products are available for March, 2000 to the present.
  • Version 3 (V3) products for CO vertical profiles and total column are archived for March, 2000 through July, 2009. V3 processing ceased on July 31, 2009.
  • Version 2 (V2) products were produced only immediately after launch and are no longer available.

Data Access

MOPITT data are publicly available from the NASA Langley DAAC through the following links:

V6 Product Documentation

V6 User's Guide

V5 Product Documentation

V5 User's Guide A detailed description of the V5 retrieval algorithm and Level 2 product. Any significant revisions to the User's Guide will be announced on the MOPITT News page.
V5 L2 Data Quality Summary Condensed discussion of the properties and limitations of the Version 5 Level 2 product.

V4 Product Documentation

V4 User's Guide A detailed description of the V4 retrieval algorithm, Level 2 and Level 3 products. Any significant revisions to the User's Guide will be announced on the MOPITT News page.
V4 L2 Data Quality Summary Discussion of limitations of the Version 4 Level 2 product.
V4 L3 Data Quality Summary Discussion of limitations of the Version 4 Level 3 product.

V3 Product Documentation

Detailed V3 data description Description of data products, data versions, file format and documentation on processing details.
V3 Data Quality Summary Discussion of limitations of Version 3 retrievals.
V3 Retrieval Information Discussion of the retrieval algorithm, the forward model and cloud detection.
V3 Retrieval Interpretation Instructions and sample programs for calculating averaging kernels and how to use them.

V4 Validation Results

V3 Validation Results

Special Data Products for Field Campaigns

DATA LINK
DATE CAMPAIGN WEBSITE
ARCTAS Summer 2008 NASA ARCTAS Home Page
TC4 Summer 2007 NASA Tropical Composition,Cloud and Climate Coupling
PACDEX Spring 2007 EOL PACific Dust EXperiment
MIRAGE/INTEXB Spring 2006 MIRAGE
INTEX-B
ICARTT/INTEX Summer 2004 INTEX
ICARTT

Other Field Campaigns and Correlative Measurements