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Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR)

browse graphicLogo for the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite.
The Deep Space Climate ObserVatoRy (DSCOVR) satellite is a NOAA operated asset to be located at the L1 point. The primary space weather instrument is the PlasMag sensor complement consisting of a magnetometer (MAG), which will measure the local vector magnetic field, and a Faraday Cup (FC), which will measure the solar wind proton/alpha bulk properties (wind speed, density and temperature). The PlasMag data will be used for monitoring solar wind conditions in order to provide forecasts and nowcasts to SWPC customers. The PlasMag data will also be made available to scientists for sensor cal/val and for research purposes. DSCOVR is scheduled to launch in 2QFY15. All data present in the Archive from earlier dates are data used for ground testing, and do not represent the space environment. Initial Operational Capability (IOC) is planned for 3QFY15 as it starts its transit from near-earth orbit. Final Operational Capability (FOC) will be achieved after the satellite reaches the L1 location in 4QFY15. End Of Life (EOL) is anticipated to be December 2019. The Archive will plan on receiving data from IOC to EOL and archiving the data in accordance with Data Center policies.
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Distribution Formats
  • pdf
    • File Specification: Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf).
  • nc
    • File Specification: Network Common Data Form (NetCDF).
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    • File Specification: Some data provided in non-standard formats
Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Dataset Point of Contact William Rowland
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
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  • publication: 2015-01-15
Dataset Progress Status Under development
Data Update Frequency: Annually
Supplemental Information:
The NOAA Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) is the planned replacement for the current Advanced Composition Explerer (ACE)
Purpose: To provide scientific data stewardship of solar-terrestrial datasets in compliance with NOAA Administrative Order (NAO) 212-15, "Management of Environmental and Geospatial Data and Information", dated 04 Nov 10. Scientific Data Stewardship includes the Archive, Access, and Assessment (AAA) of operational and related solar and space environmental datasets.
  • DOC/NOAA/NWS/NCEP/SWPC > Space Weather Prediction Center, NCEP, NWS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Time Period: 2014-01-01 to Present
Spatial Reference System: Geocentric Solar Ecliptic (GSE) Geocentric Solar Magnetospheric (GSM)
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 90
S: -90
E: 180
W: -180
Spatial Coverage Map:
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Data Center keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Platform keywords
  • Solar/Space Observation Satellites > DSCOVR > Deep Space Climate Observatory
Instrument keywords
  • Solar/Space Observing Instruments > Magnetic Field/Electric Field Instruments > Fluxgate Magnetometers
  • Solar/Space Observing Instruments > Particle Detectors
Place keywords
  • Space
Project keywords
  • ICSU-WDS > International Council for Science - World Data System
  • NOAA - Space Weather Program
Use Constraints No constraint information available
Other Constraints Distribution Liability: While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
  • Data can be downloaded free of charge.
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Processing Steps
  • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
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Lineage Statement DSCOVR data and products provided by the NOAA/NWS Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC)
Acquisition Information (collection)
  • DSCOVR > Deep Space Climate Observatory
Last Modified: 2015-10-07
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