Introduction

The ESRL/GMD Aerosol group has developed software for acquisition, processing, and archiving of data from aerosol samplers and instruments that are used in the NOAA Federated Aerosol Network. The same software suite is used for both field acquisition computers and the off site data access, called "CPD3". There is a simple process to customize an Xubutu Linux install (designated 'DAOS') for running CPD3 in the field. The copy of CPD3 in the field is used to control instruments and acquire data in the field. Scientists and technicians responsible for the data use another copy of CPD3 on their desktop or laptop computers to review the data for quality and completeness, flag or remove contaminated or invalid data, reformat and export the data for analysis with other software, and submit the data for archiving and public access at the WMO World Data Center for Aerosols (WDCA). A schematic of the data flow from field computer to WDCA is provided at the bottom of this page. The links below describe how to download, install, and use this software.

Documentation

Data Processing Software

Data Acquisition Software

Data flow Schematic

Data Flow Schematic Data Flow Schematic

Aerosol Sampling System