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ATom: GEOS-5 Derived Meteorological Conditions and Tagged Tracers Along Flight Tracks

This dataset provides modeled meteorological conditions and tagged-CO tracer concentrations along ATom flight paths derived from the Goddard Earth Observing System Version 5 (GEOS-5) data assimilation products from the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The GMAO "GEOS fp" forward processing system ingests satellite, ground-based, and airborne data, using a sophisticated model along with the data's statistical properties to obtain global three-dimensional data gridded fields at regular time intervals. These data are from the GMAO model output that were fitted to the ATom flight tracks by interpolating the GMAO model output to the horizontal ATom flight tracks for each of the 4 ATom Deployments. The dataset also provides tagged-CO tracer concentrations, which represent the contribution of specific regional sources to the total simulated CO. The data products produced are consistent with both the original measurements and the physical laws governing the atmosphere. To provide some meteorological context for the ATom flights, the GEOS5 gridded data are interpolated in space and time to the flight tracks.

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