The GHG-CCI project of ESA's climate change initiative: Data products and application

M. Buchwitz, M. Reuter, O. Schneising, Hartmut Boesch, I. Aben, Mihai Alexe, P. Bergamaschi, H. Bovensmann, D Brunner, B. Buchmann, J. P. Burrows, A. Butz, F. Chevallier, C. D. Crevoisier, M. De Mazière, E. De Wachter, R. Detmers, B. Dils, L. Feng, C. FrankenbergO.P. Hasekamp, W. Hewson, J. Heymann, S. Houweling, T. Kaminski, A. Laeng, T. van Leeuwen, G. Lichtenberg, J. Marshall, S. Noël, J. Notholt, P.I. Palmer, R. Parker, A. M. Sundström, M. Scholze, G. P. Stiller, T. Warneke, C. Zehner

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The goal of the GHG-CCI project ( of ESA's Climate Change Initiative (CCI) is to generate global atmospheric satellite-derived carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) data sets as needed to improve our understanding of the regional sources and sinks of these important greenhouse gases (GHG). Here we present an overview about the latest data set called Climate Research Data Package No. 3 (CRDP3). We focus on the GHG-CCI project core data products, which are near-surface-sensitive column-averaged dry air mole fractions of CO2 and CH4, denoted XCO2 (in ppm) and XCH4 (in ppb) retrieved from SCIAMACHY/ENVISAT (2002-2012) and TANSO-FTS/GOSAT (2009-today) nadir mode radiance observations in the near-infrared/shortwave-infrared spectral region. The GHG-CCI products are primarily individual sensor Level 2 products. However, we also generate merged Level 2 products ("EMMA products"). Here we also present a first GHG-CCI Level 3 product, namely XCO2 and XCH4 in Obs4MIPs format (monthly, 5°×5°).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Living Planet Symposium 2016
PublisherEuropean Space Agency
ISBN (Electronic)9789292213053
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016
EventLiving Planet Symposium 2016 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 9 May 201613 May 2016


ConferenceLiving Planet Symposium 2016
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic


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