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Thermospheric density and crosswind data products derived from GOCE data. Latest baseline _0200.

The GOCE+ Air Density and Wind Retrieval using GOCE Data project produced a dataset of thermospheric density and crosswind data products which were derived from ion thruster activation data from GOCE telemetry.

GOCE+ Air Density and Wind Retrieval using GOCE Data


The data was combined with the mission's accelerometer and star camera data products. The products provide data continuty and extend the accelerometer-derived thermosphere density data sets from the CHAMP and GRACE missions.

The resulting density and wind observations are made available in the form of time series and grids. These data can be applied in investigations of solar-terrestrial physics, as well as for the improvement and validation of models used in space operations.

Funded by ESA through the Support To Science Element (STSE) of ESA's Earth Observation Envelope Programme, supporting the science applications of ESA's Living Planet programme, the project was a partnership between TU Delft, CNES and Hypersonic Technology Göttingen.

Dataset history
Date     ChangeReason
18/04/2019- Time series data v2.0, covering the whole mission
- Updated data set user manual
- New satellite geometry and aerodynamic model
- New vertical wind field
- New data for the deorbit phase, (GPS+ACC and GPS-only versions)
Updated satellite models and additional data
14/07/2016- Time series data v1.5, covering the whole mission
- Updated data set user manual
Removal of noisy data
31/07/2014- Time series data v1.4, covering the whole mission
- Gridded data, now including error estimates
- Updated data set user manual; Updated validation report; Updated ATBD
Full GOCE dataset available
28/09/2013Version 1.3 density/winds timeseries and gridded data released. User manual updated to v1.3Bug fix and other changes
04/09/2013Version 1.2 density/winds timeseries and gridded data released, with user manualFirst public data release of thermospheric density/winds data



Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
Spatial coverage:
90 N, -90 S, -180 W, 180 E
Temporal coverage:
2009-09-01 - 2012-07-31
Date of launch:
Mission status:
Orbit height:
250 km
Orbit type:


Utilisation of this data is subject to ESA's Earth Observation Terms and Conditions.



European Space Agency, 2009, GOCE Thermosphere Data Collection. Version 1.0.


User Manual

GOCE+ Thermosphere Data User Manual

User Manual


GOCE+ Product Validation Report


Technical Documentation

GOCE+ Thermosphere Algorithms Description

Technical Documentation


GOCE+ Thermosphere Final Report


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