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As an effort by the European Space Agency to support the Climate Change Initiative and in conjunction with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change many Essential Climate Variables were identified for the continued understanding of the climate system.  Among these ECVs are atmospheric ozone and stratospheric aerosols.
The OSIRIS mission is considered an ESA third party mission and as such it qualifies to contribute to the ECV initiative.  Inclusion necessitates a thorough and accurate random error and precision analysis, the characterization of systematic error, the validation of these data products, and the generation of Level 3 data (zonal means and climatologies).