NEON Infra-Red Camera
This project, in January 2006, was a trial to test the operation of
the NEON Infra-Red camera. The camera was mounted on board the
aircraft operating out of Niamey, Niger and was used to detect the
contrast between a runway and surrounding grass areas.
Availability of data
Data collected onboard the FAAM Bae-146 aircraft(*) is stored in the
NEON archive at the BADC.
The FAAM data include both core and non-core data (for a definition of
core data, see the document on
(1) Public and restricted data
Access to and use of the data are ruled by the
NEON Data Protocol.
Note that NEON data users are still requested to contact the principal investigators prior to any use of the data. FAAM scientists may request acknowledgement (or joint authorship) in any publications based, using or quoting their data.
- Access to the FAAM Bae-146 non-core data is now public, after having been restricted to the Met Office research staff for a period of two years following the end of the data set collection, in agreement with the NEON data Protocol. All users are requested to ackowledge the data providers in any publication based on NEON data.
- Authorised users of the Processed Bae-146 core data now include everyone. If you would like to access these data , please follow the access to FAAM Processed core data instructions online. Access is granted automatically once you have agreed online with the FAAM Conditions of Use.
- Access to raw Bae-146 core data is restricted to the FAAM staff. If you are a FAAM instrument operator and would like to access these data, please follow the access to raw FAAM core data instructions online.
(2) Where to find the data
Data and documentation supplied to the BADC by the project teams are stored in
from where they can be viewed and downloaded by authorised users.
Data format - File names
Non-FAAM data and FAAM non-core data are formatted in
FAAM processed core data are formatted in
FAAM raw core data are stored in zipped VMS files.
File names follow the
BADC file name convention
and (for FAAM data) the
FAAM file name convention.
Instructions to data providers
Data file names.
Data providers are kindly requested to follow the BADC
file name convention.
Additional rules apply to FAAM file names.
Note that the first component of the file name is the instrument (or group of
instruments, or model) name.
Please refer to the current list of standard
and advise the BADC if
your instrument or model is not in the list, or if you would like to record
several instruments in a single file, so that we can update the list.
Data file format.
Please format your data in
using the CF metadata conventions.
NASA Ames formatted files are also
If you wish to check that files are correctly formatted before uploading them
please use the
NetCDF format checker or the BADC
It is important that the data be well documented.
Please follow the BADC guidelines regarding the submission of
Some standard metadata have to be provided in the data files
Additional separate documents are welcome.
Data file submission.
In order to upload non-core data files or documents to the BADC, you need to be
registered with the NEON group
see the "Access to data" section above.
NEON web uploader
will allow you to submit data files or documents to the BADC.
Large amounts of files can also be submitted by ftp (please contact the
BADC help desk for further information).
Natural Environment Research Council, UK Meteorological Office, [Keil, A.]. FAAM - NEON Infra-Red Camera, [Internet]. British Atmospheric Data Centre, 2006-, Date of citation. Available from http://badc.nerc.ac.uk/data/neon.
Who to contact
- The NEON Principal Investigator is
- Any query regarding the data should be sent to the
BADC help desk.