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GOCE Level 1 products format presentation

GOCE PDGS Support Team(2), Alessandra Buongiorno(1) and Eric Monjoux(1)

(1) ESA, V. G. Galilei, 00044 Frascati, Italy
(2) SERCO-DATAMAT Consortium c/o ESA, V. G. Galilei, 00044 Frascati, Italy


GOCE L1b products are in ASCII and follow the XML (eXtensible Mark-up Language) representation or the RINEX format. While the latter format is common within the GPS community, the use of XML format for scientific data represents somehow an innovation. In fact, up to now, in ESA Ground Segment, XML has been widely used for configuration and auxiliary files, but not for the full products description. Such a language is characterized by helpful tagging that allows immediate validation against existing format descriptions (XML schemes). Another advantage of XML is that for this language automatic handling tools (parsers) are widely available on the WEB. According to identified needs, ESA is developing libraries and tools to facilitate GOCE products handling.

The poster describes in detail:

- The XML products structure and composition;

- XML schemes for product validation and reading;

- Simple tools available for quick data parsing and visualization.


Keywords: ESA European Space Agency - Agence spatiale europeenne, observation de la terre, earth observation, satellite remote sensing, teledetection, geophysique, altimetrie, radar, chimique atmospherique, geophysics, altimetry, radar, atmospheric chemistry