What's New On the RBSP-ECT Science & Data Portal?
Los Alamos Space Weather Historical Archive Availability
Los Alamos National Laboratory has built and operated space environment particle detectors since the dawn of the space age. For that same amount of time there have been conflicting or ambiguous guidelines and regulations covering the public release of those data. On October 13 President Obama removed any lingering ambiguity by executive order.
As a result the Space Sciences group at Los Alamos has been preparing historical data sets from our sensors in geosynchronous and GPS orbits. LANL-GEO data has not been widely available since 2008 and LANL-GPS has never been available in bulk. The current generation of LANL-GEO sensors (MPA, SOPA, and ESP) date back to 1989 and are currently returning observations from 6 satellites simultaneously. The current generation of LANL-GPS sensors (CXD) date back to 2001 and are currently returning observations from over a dozen satellites distributed through the GPS constellation.
As a first step toward the broader data release we have also made LANL-GEO data and summary plots available for the Van Allen Probes era (2012-present). Those data are currently available here on the RBSP-ECT web site. We have also made summary plots of the LANL-GEO SOPA and Van Allen Probes MagEIS data for electrons ~50-600 keV. Those plots are particularly well suited for studies of energetic particles during storms and substorms. Additional products are under development.
We are extremely happy to make these data more broadly available and we will be equally happy to answer any questions about data quality, caveats, or scientific analysis.
I have replaced all the absolute links to http://rbsp-ect.lanl.gov/ with relative links. This particularly affects the Data Directories page and is a necessary step as we develop a new mirror/backup site for the RBSP-ECT data. If you encounter any anomalous behavior please let us know.
I’m happy to report that the RBSP-ECT web pages are back in service.
As I’ve reported before, LANL changed the web servers recently which has been very inconvenient all around. Two problems emerged
1) the navigation menus all disappeared and
2) many people encountered security certificate errors.
Problem 1 stemmed from an obscure change in which type of “include" protocols were supported. That is fixed.
Problem 2 is not “fixed” but can be avoided.
solution 1: If you get a message about certificate authority when you connect to the ECT web pages you can tell your browser to always trust the certificate. Different browsers do this in different ways. See
or google “always trust certificate"
solution 2: change your bookmarks from https://www.rbsp-ect.lanl.gov/ to https://rbsp-ect.lanl.gov/
This works well for links on web pages but if you type it directly in the navigation bar many browsers automatically add the “www” to the front of the URL. That’s a browser problem, not a web server problem so we can’t fix that.
NOTE: Autoplot users should change to https://rbsp-ect.lanl.gov/ (without the www). Autoplot has no way to apply the “trust certificate” option.
Finally: While I was fixing the web pages I vastly streamlined the whole site. There are fewer pages and fewer links to external sites. If there are pages or links that you really miss let me know and I can add them back.
1) Publications have been updated through November 2015
2) There are new notes for MagEIS Release 3 (REL03) data on the Data Quality and Caveats pages
3) Updated MagEIS energy channel definition files are available
2015-09-14: Team Meeting, Los Angeles California
2013-12-03: Release 02 data now available
The most significant change in this data release is that Level 3 (pitch angle resolved) files are now available for all ECT instruments.
Level 2 files have also been reprocessed and have been released with the "rel02" label. Any routines that read the previous "rel01" files should be changed to read "rel02". If you are starting new studies or still in the process of analyzing data we strongly urge you to use the Release 02 versions.
Release 02 data are not perfect or final. There are still many known issues that we are working on that could affect studies you want to do so, as always, we urge you to contact Harlan, Geoff, and/or the instrument leads regarding data "issues" that could affect your results.
We are trying to put this documentation on our new Data Quality and Caveats pages
2013-09-13: Release 01 replaces 'preliminary' Data
Up until now all of our data files and summary plots have been marked as preliminary. This was designated in the summary plot titles and in the data file names. Files had names such as:
The data have not been truly preliminary for quite some time so we are removing that designation and producing an official data release. Files in the data release are designated "rel01" in place of "pre".
Why have releases and versions? Early on the ECT team decided to use the version numbers to help automate processing and reprocessing of the data. That means that a new version number might be generated when some data gaps in an earlier version get filled or if processing software gets changed and there's no way to tell which one happened. We decided to use "Releases" to designate some significant change in the data processing algorithms. To me "significant" means that if there's a new release a week before AGU I'll want to remake my figures.
A single Release will apply to all past and future data until a new release is issued. We will document the changes between data releases. Examples are: HOPE fluxes changing by a factor of 7! This is fixed in Release 01. We hope that Release 02 will have some background subtraction applied (for example). We don't expect to have a new release very often, e.g. months not weeks. Versions can still change though so try to start with the most current release and version.
We hope this is a welcome change. Please don't hesitate to ask questions. And, if you see "preliminary" in any plots or on our web pages please let me know so we can fix it.
- We have started adding talks for the 2013 Fall AGU meeting. If you are submitting an abstract don't forget to send it to Geoff Reeves so we can put it on the list
- Recently published papers include:
- Thorne, et al., Evolution and slow decay of an unusual isolated ring of relativistic electrons near L~3.2 following the September 2012 magnetic storm, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1002/grl.50627.
- Reeves, et al., Electron Acceleration in the Heart of the Van Allen Radiation Belts, Science, doi:10.1126/science.1237743.
- By popular request we now have L-T plots available. We have selected representative energy channels from both MagEIS and REPT that cover the energy range from 146 keV to 5.6 MeV. There is a plot for the mission to date (currently September through May) and separate plots for each month of the mission. The plots are in high resolution PDF format as well as PNG.
- Conference presentations from 2012 have been moved to a separate page so that the more recent conference papers are easier to find.
- If you haven't already noticed, the headings for each conference link to the conference web site. This should make it easy to find future conferences that are relevant to RBSP studies. Let me know if I'm missing any that we might present at.
- The side menu has changed. All links to directories of digital data including links to Qin-Denton and MagEPHEM files have been moved to a dedicated DataDirectories page
- I have renamed some of the web pages so direct links to some of the lower level pages may need to be updated. For example, ScienceDataL2 has now been broken into SummaryPlots and DataDirectories
- There is a new page containing Information for Science Studies. The Information page also now includes a table of MagEIS energies (pdf).
RBSP-ECT web pages contact Geoff Reeves