Data & Tools


A key strength of NCEO is in generating new data products from Earth observation datasets.

Here we have also listed datasets produced by NCEO that are available from the CEDA data hub by clicking on the links, as well as key dataset holdings that NCEO researchers use.

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Level 3 University of Leicester Land Surface Temperature (LST) Product (UOL_LST_3P)
This NCEO dataset is a Land Surface Temperature Level 3 gridded data product (UOL_LST_3P) from the Advanced Along Track Scanning Radiometer (AATSR) produced by the University of Leicester. The gridded level 3 product has been derived from the 1km Level-2 AATSR Version 3 LST product (UOL_LST_2P).
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Level 2 University of Leicester Land Surface Temperature (LST) Product (UOL_LST_2P)
This NCEO Land Surface Temperature Level 2 data product (UOL_LST_2P) from the Advanced Along Track Scanning Radiometer (AATSR) is produced by the University of Leicester.
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Fire Radiative Power from MSG SEVIRI data
This NCEO dataset contains Fire Radiative Power (FRP) data over Africa from Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) Spinning Enhanced Visible and InfraRed Imager (SEVIRI) data
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ENVISAT Radar Altimeter 2 (RA-2) 5-year Time Series (2002-2008) of Ice Thickness
This NCEO dataset is a 5-year time series of ice thickness data used by Katharine Giles, Seymour Laxon and Andy Ridout in their paper "Circumpolar thinning of Arctic sea ice following the 2007 record ice extent minimum" (Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 35, L22502, doi:10.1029/2008GL035710, 2008).
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Global Vegetation Height Frequency Distributions
This NCEO dataset provides global (between 60 S and 80 N) vegetation height (or object height) frequency distributions per half by half degree longitude and latitude derived from ICESAT Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS) waveform data.
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Provides surface global albedo data (albedo, reflectance, fraction of absorbed photosynthetically active radiation, NDVI (for vegetation phenology and leaf area)) from 1998 - 2011 from European satellites.
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Provides Land Surface Temperature Datasets from ENVISAT's AATSR sensor, MET-8's SEVIRI sensor, the SSM/I on the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) F* platforms, and ATSR2 sensor on ERS-2.
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ESA's Climate Change Initiative; Soil Moisture
Provides monthly mean surface soil moisture and anomaly, generated within the WACMOS and CCI Soil Moisture projects, based on active and passive microwave sensors.
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ESA's Climate Change Initiative; Land cover
Provides five key land cover data products: the full archive (2003-2012) of MERIS Full Resolution time series pre-processed in 7-day composites; three global LC maps representative for the 1998-2002, 2003-2007 and 2008-2012 epochs; three global land cover seasonality products describing the vegetation greenness, the snow and the burned areas occurrence dynamics; a global map of open and permanent water bodies at 300m spatial resolution; and a user tool for sub-setting, re-projecting and re-sampling the products.
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Fire_CCI (ESA's Climate Change Initiative; Fire)
Provides burned area data products: time series 1995-2010 for 10 study sites covering an area of 250.000 km²; and global burned area products for 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2005.
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Methane retrievals from IASI on board MetOp-A (STFC RAL v1.0)
The Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) methane dataset contains height-resolved and column-averaged volume mixing ratios of atmospheric methane (CH4). It also includes column-averaged water vapour (H2O), a scale factor for the HDO volume mixing ratio profile, surface temperature, effective cloud fraction, effective cloud-top pressure and scale factors for two systematic residual spectra which are jointly retrieved from the spectral range 1232.25-1290.00 cm-1. Also contains selected a priori values and uncertainties. Funded by NCEO.
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Processed ATSR-2/AATSR data for the production of GRAPE (1995-2000)
This NCEO dataset contains cloud optical depth, aerosol optical depth (cloud free), cloud phase, cloud particle size, cloud top pressure, cloud fraction and cloud ice/water path along with associated error measurements. GRAPE aimed to produce a global cloud and aerosol dataset of the entire Along Track Scanning Radiometer 2 (ATSR-2) mission.
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Ozone profiles derived from Data from Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment (GOME) on ERS-2 Satellite
NCEO dataset of ozone profiles from radiances measured by the Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment (GOME) on-board the European Remote Sensing - 2 (ERS-2) satellite; includes total column ozone, column BrO, and column NO2, with cloud heights derived from the Along Track Scanning Radiometer (ATSR) included to aid interpretation of the ozone profiles.
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University of Leeds TOMCAT/SLIMCAT Model Data
A set of example output from the SLIMCAT chemical transport model that includes 3D global fields of stratospheric and tropospheric chemical (and sometimes meteorological) variables as computed for twelve dates in 1997, near the middle of each month.
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Atmospheric Retrievals from MIPAS/Envisat
This NCEO dataset contains atmospheric profiles from the Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding (MIPAS) on Envisat, processed with the Oxford L2 retrieval algorithm MORSE; differs from ESA's L2 products as it uses an optimal estimation approach, rather than regularised least squares fit, and has additional molecules.
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ESA's Climate Change Initiative; Ozone
Provides level 2 and level 3 total ozone data products, Nadir ozone profile products and Limb ozone profile products from many EO sensors. Notably the new level-2 total ozone data sets from GOME, SCIAMACHY and GOME-2/Metop-A have been reprocessed with the latest GODFIT-3 algorithm, producing data sets that are unprecedented in terms of standards of consistency, stability and accuracy.
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GHG_CCI (ESA's Climate Change Initiative; Greenhouse gases)
Provides data products for near-surface-sensitive dry-air column-averaged mole fractions (mixing ratios) of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4), generated from SCIAMACHY on ENVISAT and TANSO-FTS onboard GOSAT.
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Cloud_CCI (ESA's Climate Change Initiative; Cloud Project)
Provides cloud property data products from AVHRR (NOAA15-18), MODIS (Aqua, Terra), AATSR (ENVISAT), and MERISAATSR (ENVISAT).
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Aerosol_CCI (ESA's Climate Change Initiative, Aerosols)
The latest / best and most complete + validated aerosol datasets. All datasets cover at least the “golden year” of the Aerosol_cci products: 2008. In addition, for mature products from sensors with predecessor instruments (i. e. ATSR-2 for AATSR) an additional dataset for the year 2000 is provided. A complete time series is provided for one algorithm for AATSR (Swansea algorithm, version 4.1; 2002 – 2012). All products provide global coverage except at high latitudes and in some cases except deserts; 2 products cover only ocean; three products are flagged as experimental since they require significant further development (BAER, ESA MERIS-standard, SYNAER).
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Kriged TOPEX data
NCEO dataset from TOPography EXperiment (TOPEX) for ocean circulation (otherwise known as Poseidon), which has been kriged, resulting in monthly means on a 1x1 latitude/longitude grid for 12 years (1993-2004) for wind speed, squared wind speed, cubed wind speed, wind speed * significant wave height, significant wave height, 1/sigma0(Ku) and gas transfer velocity.
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SeaWiFS primary production
NCEO dataset of global monthly primary production estimates derived using the Smyth et al. 2005 model from SeaWiFS data.
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SeaWiFS ocean properties
NCEO dataset of ocean properties estimated for 1998-2007 from the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) and SeaStar Level 3 data; includes Phytoplankton Size Class (1998-2007) calculated from SeaWiFS/SeaStar data and ocean optical properties and monthly climatology, 1998-2007 SeaWiFS/SeaStar data.
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Global Phytoplankton Size Class - Monthly (Composites)
This NCEO dataset contains the fractional contributions of three phytoplankton size classes (micro-, nano- and picoplankton) in monthly averages over the globe for the period 1997-2007, as produced by the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) using SeaWiFs data.
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Global Phytoplankton Size Class - 10-year monthly climatology
This NCEO dataset contains the fractional contributions of three phytoplankton size classes (micro-, nano- and picoplankton) over the globe for the period 1997-2007, as produced by the Plymouth Marine Laboratory using SeaWiFs data. A 10-year monthly climatology is available with accompanying maps.
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Biogeochemical-Argo floats
These are floats that measures biogeochemical and optical variables (e.g. oxygen, nutrients, chlorophyll, optical backscatter, spectral downward irradiance) in addition to salinity and temperature measured by traditional Argo floats in the global ocean.
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SST_CCI (ESA's Climate Change Initiative; sea surface temperature)
Provides SST products from ATSRs, AVHRRs and a gap-filled blend of these products, intended to have high temporal stability for climate research, and derived independently of in situ SST measurements (giving an independent estimate of marine change).
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OC_CCI (ESA's Climate Change Initiative, Ocean Colour)
Provides ocean colour products derived by merging satellite data from sensors MERIS, MODIS and SeaWiFS, after shifting the wavelength bands and correcting the bias among the sensors.
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