NASA Atmospheric Science Data Center

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Data System Name: NASA Atmospheric Science Data Center
Data System URL:
Contact Person: Science User and Data Services
Contact e-mail:


About the Data System (Purposes, Audience)

The Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) manages and distributes data products through the Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs). The centers process, archive, document, and distribute data from NASA’s past and current research satellites and field programs. Each center serves one or more specific Earth science disciplines and provides data products, data information, services, and tools unique to its particular science.

The Atmospheric Science Data Center is responsible for processing, archival and distribution of NASA Earth science data in the areas of radiation budget, clouds, aerosols, and tropospheric chemistry. It is unique among NASA data centers in the size of its archive, cutting edge computing technology and full range of data services.

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The Data Centers were established in 1991 to support the Earth Observing System as part of NASA’s Earth Science Enterprise and the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and is part of the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS).



List of Publications, Papers, Presentations

Data System Scope

Data Content

Datasets Served

  • Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES)
  • Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder satellite Observations (CALIPSO)
  • Multi-angle Imaging Specrtroradiometer (MISR)
  • Measurements of Pollution in the Atmosphere (MOPITT)
  • Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES)
  • Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE-III)


Radiation budget, clouds, aerosols, and tropospheric chemistry

Spatial - Temporal Coverage

Global. Temporal coverage varies by data set



Air quality research and decision support

Forecasting and Reanalysis

Atmospheric profiling and vertical structure

Model/Emissions Evaluation

Aerosol plume dispersion

Characterization, Trends, Accountability

Anthropogenic emissions monitoring


Renewable energy/energy management

Data System IT

Primary/Official Store for Some data

Store next near-online tape silo, online data poo

Data Consolidation/integration

  • Data format primarilyin HDF-EOS with integrated metadata.
  • Metadata managed in PostGres POSTGIS open source database.

Providing Data Access to users/externals

Several custom order tools and subset tools.

Data Processing

Full high-level processing for CERES, MISR and CALIPSO data sets.


Not Given

Decision Support (e.g. some integration into user business process)

  • Air quality decision support
  • Renewable energy/energy management decision support

End-to-End Integration

Full science data life cycle from processing to archival and distribution

Other DS Values

Not Given

Data Access and/or Output Interoperability

Metadata managed in PostGres POSTGIS open source database

Reusable Tools and Methods

Fully scalable architecture.

Security Barriers and Solutions

Federal IT security regulation compliant. Redundant firewall with NASA

User Feedback Approach

Direct interaction with user communities translated into ongoing system development requirements.

Other Architecture

Not Given

User Provided Content