The example template given below contains the metadata fields that are commonly included when reporting
data related to this specific template. Some of these metadata elements may not be relevant for your data reporting, like AIRS station
ID for stations outside North America or the various QA measure data when there is no QA measure for the data. Such metadata elements could
be let out. If you want to include additional metadata elements that are not given in the example template, there is a complete list
here. In case of any doubt about such additional metadata, please consult the EBAS team!
Template for submission of Aerosol Optical Depth Data
Below, you find a file format example that is specific for regular reporting of aerosol optical depth data.
Points to note:
Clicking on a specific line in the example template will provide a detailed explanation and possible options for each of the metadata elements. Please contact ebas@nilu in case of broken links etc.
Most of the information entering the header needs to be collected only for the first submission. For the first submission, it is easiest to copy the example, and to adapt it to your station. However, when "recycling" the header for a new submission, please do make sure that the information is current, and update where necessary.
V (valid measurement): indicate a special condition at the station, but instrument has operated correctly, the data are therefore considered valid.
I (invalid measurement): showing that data are not available (not measured, deleted or if it is no precipitation)
M (missing measurement): mainly used for level 0 data to be able to exclude these data when being reprocessed to level 1 and level 2
For data harmonization across the network, the following short list of the flags should be used with this template. It is possible to use several flags at the same time to give detailed information about the data.
This service has been funded or supported by the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), the EU research
infrastructure ACTRIS (Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace gases Research InfraStructure), the European Monitoring and
Evaluation Programme (EMEP).