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Atmospheric Composition Portal


Background and Initial Partners

The Atmospheric Composition Constellation (ACC) and the Workgroup for Information Systems and Services (WGISS) within the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) is developing a portal to support interoperability among the atmospheric composition research and applications communities.
The portal was called for by CEOS as part of the sanctioned constellations and is a GEO task.
A need was perceived to develop a shared collaboration place for remotely sensed atmospheric composition related data and information.

This activity will be achieved through DLR's International Council for Science ( ICSU ) / World Meteorological Organization (WMO) World Data Center for Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere (WDC-RSAT) and NASA's Earth Science Data and Information Services.

The ICSU/WMO WDC-RSAT is operated as a user service by DLR's German Remote Sensing Data Center (DLR-DFD) which offers scientists and the general public free access to a continually expanding collection of satellite-based atmosphere-related data sets, products and services. These data holdings range from raw data collected by remote sensors, to information products derived from the raw data ("value adding") and user-requested services.
In addition to archiving data sets and providing products and services, ICSU/WMO WDC-RSAT cooperates with and establishes links to other data centers and portals and connects users to databases and portals that provide reliable, up-to-date, integrated, and user-friendly information. WDC-RSAT thus forms a contribution to the European Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) initiative.

The Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC) is one of the Earth Science Data Center (ESDCs) ithin NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS). EOSDIS manages and distributes data products and services from NASA's Earth system science data component of the Earth Science Division. The ESDCs process, archive, document, and distribute data from NASA's past and current Earth system science research satellites and field programs. The GES DISC is also part of NASA's Global Change Data Center, which develops and operates data systems, generates science products, and provides archival and distribution services for Earth science data in support of the U.S. Global Change Research Program and NASA's Earth Science Program.