The first publicly available, fully citable atmospheric reanalysis for the planet Mars can now be downloaded from the BADC website!
The "Mars Analysis Correction Data Assimilation" (MACDA) dataset version 1.0 contains the reanalysis of Mars' fundamental atmospheric and surface variables covering a period of about three Martian years (a Martian year is about 1.88 terrestrial years).
This dataset has been produced by data assimilation of observations from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft during its science mapping phase (February 1999–August 2004). In particular, the authors have used retrieved thermal profiles and total dust optical depths from the Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES) on board MGS.
Data have been assimilated into a Mars global climate model (MGCM) using the Analysis Correction scheme developed at the UK Meteorological Office. The MGCM used is the UK spectral version of the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (LMD, Paris, France) MGCM.
MACDA is a joint project of the University of Oxford and The Open University in the UK.
The dataset is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.5285/78114093-E2BD-4601-8AE5-3551E62AEF2B
For detailed information about the dataset, please refer to the recently published paper in the Geoscience Data Journal:
Montabone et al., 2014. The Mars Analysis Correction Data Assimilation (MACDA) Dataset V1.0. Geoscience Data Journal. DOI: 10.1002/gdj3.13
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