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Australian Bushfire in 2020: Accessing MERRA-2 Data in GES DISC Remotely through OPeNDAP & Calculating Statistics with Python3

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posted on 14.07.2021, 18:45 by Xiaohua Pan, Suhung Shen, Barbara Deshong, Feng Ding, Asghar Esfandiari, Chung-Lin Shie, lena Iredell, Jennifer Wei

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Australian Bushfire in 2020: Accessing MERRA-2 Data in GES DISC Remotely through OPeNDAP & Calculating Statistics with Python3

Poster Abstract:

The evolution and transport of thick haze from the 2020 Australia bushfire is tracked using the NASA Modern-Era Retrospective analysis for Research and Applications version 2 (MERRA-2) data archived at the NASA GES DISC data center. The MERRA-2 provides global data at 0.5 x 0.625 spatial resolution since the year 1980. In this use case, with xarray, a python3 library, we remotely accessed the hourly aerosol optical depth (AOD) and PM2.5 data through the OpeNDAP service provided by GES DISC. We also derived weekly data from hourly ones. This poster was presented at the 2021 Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Summer Meeting held virtually in July 2021.

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