After 9 years in orbit, the PARASOL mission has gone well beyond the 2-year lifespan expected at the beginning of the mission. PARASOL flew nearly 5 years in formation with other instruments of the A-Train constellation of satellites, providing coincident observations (available at ICARE as well). The good quality of the measurements and innovative inversion methods lead to various global climatologies and unique atmospheric products.
Following the end of the mission, the reprocessing of PARASOL Level-1 data and all atmosphere products using revised algorithms was carried out from April to November 2014. This is the first step of a large-scale reprocessing of all POLDER/PARASOL data. Indeed, the reprocessing of POLDER-1 and POLDER-2 will be carried out later in 2015 to get a consistent POLDER/PARASOL archive with new calibration information. Ultimately, it will improve their usefulness in climate studies.
The new PARASOL data records (L1_B.v03.02, OC2.v11.11, LS2.v10.11) will replace the previous versions as soon as the current validation process is over (in mid-2015). The records will span the entire duration of the scientific mission, i.e. from March 12, 2005 to October 11, 2013 (8 years and 7 months).
All ICARE PARASOL web pages are currently being revised to include the latest information on the PARASOL mission, data products and data access.