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Dataset worldwide available from external TPM site: access upon user registration to SciSAt-1/Ace database


SCISAT-1 data aim at monitoring and analysing the chemical processes that control the distribution of ozone in the upper troposphere and stratosphere. It provides acquisitions from the 2 instruments MAESTRO and ACE-FTS.

  • MAESTRO: Measurement of Aerosol Extinction in the Stratosphere and Troposphere Retrieved by Occultation. Dual-channel optical spectrometer in the spectral region of 285-1030 nm. The objective is to measure ozone, nitrogen dioxide and aerosol/cloud extinction (solar occultation measurements of atmospheric attenuation during satellite sunrise and sunset with the primary objective of assessing the stratospheric ozone budget). Solar occultation spectra are being used for retrieving vertical profiles of temperature and pressure, aerosols, and trace gases (O3, NO2, H2O, OClO, and BrO) involved in middle atmosphere ozone distribution. The use of two overlapping spectrometers (280 - 550 nm, 500 - 1030 nm) improves the stray-light performance. The spectral resolution is about 1-2 nm.
  • ACE-FTS: Fourier Transform Spectrometer The objective is to measure the vertical distribution of atmospheric trace gases, in particular of the regional polar O3 budget, as well as pressure and temperature (derived from CO2 lines). The instrument is an adapted version of the classical sweeping Michelson interferometer, using an optimized optical layout. The ACE-FTS measurements are recorded every 2 s. This corresponds to a measurement spacing of 2-6 km which decreases at lower altitudes due to refraction. The typical altitude spacing changes with the orbital beta angle. For historical reasons, the retrieved results are interpolated onto a 1 km "grid" using a piecewise quadratic method. For ACE-FTS version 1.0, the results were reported only on the interpolated grid (every 1 km from 0.5 to 149.5 km). For versions 2.2, both the "retrieval" grid and the "1 km" grid profiles are available.

SCISAT-1 collection provides ACE-FTS and MAESTRO Level 2 Data.

As of today, ACE-FTS products are available in version 4.1, while MAESTRO products are available in version 3.13.



Spatial coverage: 
90 N, -90 S, -180 W, 180 E
Temporal coverage:
2003-08-13 - present
Date of launch:
Mission status:
Orbit height:
650 km
Orbit type:
Inclined, non-sun-synchronous
Swath width:
1.25 mrad
Low Resolution - LR (500 - 1200 m) Very Low Resolution - VLR (> 1200 m)
UV (0.01 - 0.4 µm), VIS (0.40 - 0.75 µm), NIR (0.75 - 1.30 µm), SWIR (1.3 - 3.0 µm), MWIR (3.0 - 6.0 µm), TIR (6.0 - 15.0 µnm)


level 2


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