The Atmospheric Infra-Red Sounder (AIRS) Science Processing System (SPS) is a collection of computer programs, known as product generation executives (PGEs). The AIRS SPS PGEs are used for processing measurements received from the AIRS suite of infrared and microwave instruments orbiting the Earth onboard NASA’s Aqua spacecraft. Early stages of the AIRS SPS development were described in a prior NASA Tech Briefs article: “Initial Processing of Infrared Spectral Data” (NPO-35243), Vol. 28, No. 11 (November 2004), page 39.

In summary: Starting from Level 0 (representing raw AIRS data), the AIRS SPS PGEs and the data products they produce are identified by alphanumeric labels (1A, 1B, 2, and 3) representing successive stages or levels of processing. The previous NASA Tech Briefs article described processing through Level 2, the output of which comprises geo-located atmospheric data products such as temperature and humidity profiles among others. The AIRS Level 3 PGE samples selected information from the Level 2 standard products to produce a single global gridded product. One Level 3 product is generated for each day’s collection of Level 2 data. In addition, daily Level 3 products are aggregated into two multi-day products: an eight-day (half the orbital repeat cycle) product and monthly (calendar month) product.

This work was done by Stephanie Granger, Robert Oliphant, and Evan Manning of Caltech for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. For more information, download the Technical Support Package (free white paper) at under the Software category.

This software is available for commercial licensing. Please contact Karina Edmonds of the California Institute of Technology at (626) 395-2322. Refer to NPO-42146.

This Brief includes a Technical Support Package (TSP).
Processing AIRS Scientific Data Through Level 3

(reference NPO-42146) is currently available for download from the TSP library.

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