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VirES for Aeolus is a highly interactive data manipulation and retrieval interface for ESA's Aeolus mission products. It includes tools for studying various atmospheric parameters, in space and time, measured by the Aeolus satellite.



Here is a preview of the VirES tools and main features (a demonstration video is currently only available for the SWARM mission).


Slides with detailed information on service usage can be found here.

The Earth Explorer core mission Aeolus will provide global observations of wind profiles from space. Aeolus utilises the active Doppler Wind Lidars (DWL) method, which is the only method that has the potential to provide the required data globally, from direct wind observations. Aeolus will provide accurate wind profiles throughout the troposphere and lower stratosphere, eliminating a major deficiency in the Global Observing System. This will improve the understanding of atmospheric dynamics and the global atmospheric transport and cycling of energy, water, aerosols, chemicals and other airborne materials. In addition, the DWL will provide information on the vertical distribution of clouds, aerosol properties, and wind variability. This information is a useful by-product of the DWL method. An overview about the the Aeolus satellite and its instruments is provided here and here. More, highly detailed, information about Aeolus can be found here.

Aeolus product data can be visualized on the platform, plotted over the globe and shown in a scatterplot. The scatterplot allows for multiple x- and y-axes with independent zoom and panning features as well as interactive data-readout. The time slider and various controls offer the possibility to make selections and set criteria for data filtering and visualization which immediately take effect on the display. The subset of Aeolus data, selected by the user in this way, can be downloaded in different encoding formats to fit various use cases. VirEs for Aeolus enables visual and statistical comparison with numerical weather prediction models, analysis with respect to various ancillary data and generation of publication-ready plots and diagrams in an intuitive and, yet powerful and customizable interface.



The following Aeolus products are publicly available to all users after registration:

Access to the following other products of Aeolus is limited to dedicated expert groups:

The relevant documentation for each of the products can be downloaded from the Aeolus Data Description section on ESA Earth Online (https://earth.esa.int/eogateway/missions/aeolus).

In addition:

The data accessible on VirES consists of the newest baseline available and any new data will appear within 4 hours of generation.

© Aeolus Cal/Val Workshop, Toulouse, 2017

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Access to Aeolus VirES is available only to registered users. Users can self-register for access to L1B and L2B wind products. Please register here.


Access to all other Aeolus datasets is limited to dedicated expert groups. Should you need access to such products, please contact EOHelp@esa.int.The request requires approval by the Aeolus Mission Manager.

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Feedback and ideas are very welcome, feel free to contact us under feedback@vires.services.