Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Skip to content

VO1/VO2 MARS ATMOSPHERIC WATER DETECTOR 4 V1.0

Metadata Updated: December 6, 2023

This data set consists of the raster-averaged radiant intensities and associated data parameters produced from data acquired by the Mars Atmospheric Water Detectors (MAWD) onboard the Viking Orbiters. The basic observations give temporal coverage spanning just over two martian years and variable, but extensive, spatial coverage of the planet. MAWD was a five-channel grating spectrometer measuring solar radiation reflected from the surface and atmosphere of Mars in and out of water vapor bands in the 1.4 micrometer spectral interval. The data set described here contains the solar reflected radiant intensities (i.e., radiances) measured by MAWD, derived water vapor column abundances, a derived '1.4-micrometer brightness', and ancillary data (e.g., viewing geometry, surface elevation and air mass). Column water vapor abundances were derived by comparing the reflected radiant intensities in three water vapor absorption bands to radiant intensities in the two interspersed continua observed air mass and then normalized by the air mass to obtain a vertical column abundance. A basic description of the instrument, its observational modes and its derived data products is given in [FARMER_ETAL_1977]. A description of the global and seasonal variation of water vapor on Mars, based on the complete MAWD observational record, is given in [JAKOSKY_FARMER_1982]. This data set was generated from the raster-level data base constructed during the Viking Mission on the original data processing system (IRPS: Infrared Processing System) by the MAWD Science Team, led by C. B. Farmer, JPL. Together with the instantaneous field of view (IFOV) radiances and geometry, the raster-level radiances, associated water column abundances and ancillary data have been archived at the NSSDC (NSSDC id 75-075A-03A, 75-083A-03A). Data from the final phase of the VO-1 mission were added, supervised by R. Zurek, JPL. Eventually, the data set was restructured, additional quality flags were introduced, and a second estimate of the water vapor column abundance (WFAPT, termed COLUMN_H2O_A in the data set) was added [by R. Zurek, JPL [JAKOSKY_ETAL_1988].]. The data base was restructured, while preserving key unique parameters, into a consistent format with the Viking Orbiter Infrared Thermal Mapper (IRTM) data [R. Mehlman, R. Zurek]. Both the MAWD and IRTM data sets were then accessible with the XXFUNC package. Further quality checking of the MAWD data was carried out by B. Jakosky, U. Colorado.

Access & Use Information

Public: This dataset is intended for public access and use. License: No license information was provided. If this work was prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person's official duties it is considered a U.S. Government Work.

Downloads & Resources

References

https://pds.nasa.gov

Dates

Metadata Created Date January 31, 2023
Metadata Updated Date December 6, 2023
Data Update Frequency irregular

Metadata Source

Harvested from NASA Data.json

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Created Date January 31, 2023
Metadata Updated Date December 6, 2023
Publisher National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Maintainer
Identifier urn:nasa:pds:context_pds3:data_set:data_set.vo1-vo2-m-mawd-4-v1.0_mepv-sxsj
Data First Published 2018-06-26
Data Last Modified 2023-01-26
Category Earth Science
Public Access Level public
Data Update Frequency irregular
Bureau Code 026:00
Metadata Context https://project-open-data.cio.gov/v1.1/schema/catalog.jsonld
Metadata Catalog ID https://data.nasa.gov/data.json
Schema Version https://project-open-data.cio.gov/v1.1/schema
Catalog Describedby https://project-open-data.cio.gov/v1.1/schema/catalog.json
Harvest Object Id 91e278fa-6749-42e2-aac2-1e3fb2ddf180
Harvest Source Id 58f92550-7a01-4f00-b1b2-8dc953bd598f
Harvest Source Title NASA Data.json
Homepage URL https://pds.nasa.gov/ds-view/pds/viewDataset.jsp?dsid=VO1%2FVO2-M-MAWD-4-V1.0
Program Code 026:005
Related Documents https://pds.nasa.gov
Source Datajson Identifier True
Source Hash 640ed3e351e27c9fa7b93b772d082c4ab401a9a15bc6115b5afd88f77288983e
Source Schema Version 1.1

Didn't find what you're looking for? Suggest a dataset here.

data.gov

An official website of the GSA's Technology Transformation Services

Looking for U.S. government information and services?
Visit USA.gov