Global SCIAMACHY and GOSAT Level 3 gridded atmospheric column-average methane (XCH4) product in Obs4MIPs format, 2003-2014

Buchwitz, Michael; Reuter, Maximilian; Aben, Ilse; Boesch, Hartmut; Butz, André; Detmers, Rob G.; Frankenberg, Christian; Hasekamp, Otto P.; Parker, Robert; Schneising, Oliver; Somkuti, Peter

For this dataset is a newer version available: /dataset/ch4-data-2002-to-present-satellite-observations

This dataset contains satellite-derived atmospheric column-average dry-air mole fractions of methane (XCH4), and is a Level 3 gridded product in Obs4MIPs format. It has been derived by the Greenhouse Gases CCI (GHG_cci) project as part of the European Space Agency's (ESA's) Climate Change Initiative (CCI) programme, and was obtained from an ensemble of individual Level 2 (i.e. swath) XCH4 products, retrieved from the satellite sensors SCIAMACHY / ENVISAT and TANSO-FTS / GOSAT. The versions of the Level 2 GHG-CCI data products used as input for this product are those of the GHG_cci 'Climate Research Data Package No. 3' (CRDP#3). This Level 3 Obs4MIPs XCH4 product has been specifically generated for comparisons with climate model output in the context of the CMIP5/CMIP6/IPCC experiments.


When using these data you must cite them correctly using the citation given on the CEDA Data Catalogue record: Buchwitz, M.; Reuter, M.; Aben, I.; Boesch, H.; Butz, A.; Detmers, R.G.; Frankenberg, C.; Hasekamp, O.P.; Parker, R.; Schneising, O.; Somkuti, P. (2016): ESA Greenhouse Gases Climate Change Initiative (GHG_cci): Merged SCIAMACHY and GOSAT Level 3 gridded atmospheric column-average methane (XCH4) product in Obs4MIPs format. Centre for Environmental Data Analysis, 10 October 2016. doi:10.5285/C965E4AC-D2AF-4BAA-9E99-A234E9BA0193.


Buchwitz, Michael

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Additional Info

Field Value
Identifier DOI:10.5285/C965E4AC-D2AF-4BAA-9E99-A234E9BA0193
Project(s) ESA Greenhouse Gases Climate Change Initiative (GHG_cci)
Institute Institute of Environmental Physics (IUP), University of Bremen (IUP-UB)
Publication Date 2016-10-10
Version 100
Product XCH4
  1. 2003-2014 SCIAMACHY+GOSAT L3 V100 XCH4 NetCDF
Variables [Units]
  1. lat_bnds [degrees_north]
  2. lon_bnds [degrees_east]
  3. time_bnds
  4. xch4_nobs [1]
  5. xch4_stddev [1]
  6. xch4_stderr [1]
  7. xch4: column-average dry-air mole fraction of atmospheric methane [1]
  8. lat: latitude [degrees_north]
  9. lon: longitude [degrees_east]
  10. time
Region Global
Spatial Reference
Spatial Resolution
Spatial Coverage Latitude -90.00 to 90.00, Longitude -180.00 to 180.00
Temporal Coverage 2003-01-01T00:00:00 to 2014-12-31T23:59:59
Temporal Resolution monthly
Format NetCDF
Is Supplement To
Related to

Reuter, M., Buchwitz, M., Schneising, O., Noel, S., Bovensmann, H., Burrows, J. P., Boesch, H., Di Noia, A., Anand, J., Parker, R. J., Somkuti, P., Wu, L., Hasekamp, O. P., Aben, I., Kuze, A., Suto, H., Shiomi, K., Yoshida, Y., Morino, I., Crisp, D., O'Dell, C. W., Notholt, J., Petri, C., Warneke, T., Velazco, V. A., Deutscher, N. M., Griffith, D. W. T., Kivi, R., Pollard, D. F., Hase, F., Sussmann, R., Te, Y. V., Strong, K., Roche, S., Sha, M. K., De Maziere, M., Feist, D. G., Iraci, L. T., Roehl, C. M., Retscher, C., and Schepers, D.: Ensemble-based satellite-derived carbon dioxide and methane column-averaged dry-air mole fraction data sets (2003-2018) for carbon and climate applications, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 789-819,, 2020.

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