What is the Mars Climate Database?
The Mars Climate Database (MCD) aims at providing scientists, engineers and enthusiasts with a realistic and reliable modelisation of the martian climatological system.
The MCD is a database of meteorological fields derived from General Circulation Model (GCM) numerical simulations of the Martian atmosphere and validated using available observational data.
The GCM is developed at Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique du CNRS (Paris, France) in collaboration with the Open University (UK), the Oxford University (UK) and the Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia (Spain) with support from the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES).
The MCD is freely distributed and intended to be useful and used in the framework of engineering applications as well as in the context of scientific studies which require accurate knowledge of the state of the Martian atmosphere.