CAMS McClear automatic access

Last update: March 2017

  With Wget - With a WPS

1_ With the command WGET

Build your first WGET request in 5 minutes

  1. The automatic access is for free. It is limited to registered users and the number of requests is limited to 15 per day.
  2. Build your first request as follows, using the login that you entered for your registration to the SoDa website. Let's admit that you are in a Windows environment. Copy and paste the following line in a text file, and rename it with the .bat extension (request over the city of Carpentras, France (44.083°, 5.059°), from 2017-01-01 to 2017-01-05, 15 min time step, login address:

wget -O CAMS-McClear_Carpentras_2017-01-01_2017-01-05.csv "

  1. Download WGET.exe in the same directory of your .bat file, and launch your command by double clicking on your .bat file.

For more details on Wget (Unix / Windows, automatic shift to the mirror website, retrieve automatically the data for the previous month / day...), please refer to the page dedicated to the automatic access to HelioClim-3.

Build wget requests

Request (Unix and Windows):
wget -O output.csv "http://server/service/wps?

With (inputs):

  • server: "" (main server) or "" (backup-mirror server)
  • latitude and longitude: in degrees, with at least 3 digits after comma
  • altitude: in meters. Set "elevation=-999" to let SoDa get the elevation from NASA SRTM database
  • yyyy-mm-dd: set the first and the last days of the request
  • time_step: "PT15M" (minutes), "PT01H" (hourly), "P01D" (daily), "P01M" (monthly)
  • time-reference: "UT" (universal time)
  • email-address: your email address used to generate your SoDa account, by replacing the "@" by "%%2540"

For "summarization=PT01M" only, a verbose mode is available  by adding "verbose=true" to the DataInputs. Example:
wget -O CAMS-McClear_Carpentras_2017-01-01_2017-01-05.csv "


Identical to the Web service available online

  1. Observation period (ISO 8601)
  2. TOA. Irradiation on horizontal plane at the top of atmosphere (Wh/m2)
  3. Clear sky GHI. Clear sky global irradiation on horizontal plane at ground level (Wh/m2)
  4. Clear sky BHI. Clear sky beam irradiation on horizontal plane at ground level (Wh/m2)
  5. Clear sky DHI. Clear sky diffuse irradiation on horizontal plane at ground level (Wh/m2)
  6. Clear sky BNI. Clear sky beam irradiation on mobile plane following the sun at normal incidence (Wh/m2)

In verbose mode (1 minute summarization only!), additional columns are:

  1. sza. Solar zenith angle for the middle of the summarization (deg)
  2. atm. Atmospheric profile code: afglus=U.S. standard afglt=tropical afglms=midlatitude summer afglmw=midlatitude winter afglss=subarctic summer afglsw=subarctic winter
  3. tco3. Total column content of ozone (Dobson unit)
  4. tcwv. Total column content of water vapour (kg/m2)
  5. AOD BC. Partial aerosol optical depth at 550 nm for black carbon
  6. AOD DU. Partial aerosol optical depth at 550 nm for dust
  7. AOD SS. Partial aerosol optical depth at 550 nm for sea salt
  8. AOD OR. Partial aerosol optical depth at 550 nm for organic matter
  9. AOD SU. Partial aerosol optical depth at 550 nm for sulphate
  10. AOD 550. Aerosol optical depth at 550 nm
  11. AOD 1240. Aerosol optical depth at 1240 nm
  12. alpha. Angstroem coefficient for aerosol
  13. Aerosol type. Type of aerosol: -1=no value 5=urban 7=continental clean 8=continental polluted 9=continental average 10=maritime clean 11= maritime polluted 12=maritime tropical 13=antarctic 14=desert
  14. fiso. MODIS-like BRDF parameter fiso
  15. fvol. MODIS-like BRDF parameter fvol
  16. fgeo. MODIS-like BRDF parameter
  17. albedo. Ground albedo

Warning! It is strongly recommanded to avoid the launch of parallel requests, using the "&" at the end of each wget request line. This would endanger our system.

2_ With a WPS

CAMS McClear may be accessed in an automated way.
The WPS (Web Processing Service) is a means to invoke these services by a computer, without human-machine interface. This is the means that has been selected to fulfill the request for automated access. This way of doing is a standard in Earth Observation and digital geography and offers many other advantages than a text-interface linked to the SoDa web site. In particular, anyone can create a portal invoking these services by calling the WPS that we are offering. It greatly helps the dissemination.

These services are described in the catalog
that reveals the get_mcclear operations.

If you are using an appropriate library, it is fairly easy to develop the application.
Otherwise, you may try to find one. There are plenty, for example google "library execute wps ogc".

The call to DescribeProcess provides a description of the inputs and outputs of each service (that you discover in the result of the call to GetCapabilities):

How to do it by hand (or in an application not calling specific libraries)?
The request will have the following form
curl -o output.xml -v -d @test_mcclear_params.xml -H "Content-Type: text/xml"
where "output.xml" is the output file that contains the URL of the result (here a csv file) and "test_mcclear_params.xml" is the input file.
The input file contains the inputs (obviously...). Most of them have clear names and are exactly those which are requested on the human interface at
If choice is offered, e.g. "summarization", the various options are provided by the call to DescribeProcess. The "username" is the email registered in

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