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HIRDLS-MLS/Aura Level 3 Monthly 10 x 20 deg Ice Water Content V002 (HIRMLS3IWC) at GES DISC

HIRMLS3IWC is the Joint EOS High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder (HIRDLS) and Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) monthly 10 degreee lat x 20 degreee lon gridded product for ice water content (IWC) data. This is version 2 released to the public, with the original input coming from v3.3 MLS and v7 HIRDLS. The grid spatial coverage is near-global (-80 to +90 degrees latitude). The product contains HIRDLS and MLS IWC data for the time of the HIRDLS mission from February 1, 2005 through December 31, 2007. The useful vertical range of the data is from 215 to 82 hPa for both HIRDLS and MLS, and the vertical resolution is about 1.5 km for HIRDLS and 3 km for MLS. Users of the HIRMLS3IWC data product should read the Version 2 HIRDLS-MLS Level 3 IWC Data Description and Quality document for more information. The data are stored in the version 5 EOS Hierarchical Data Format (HDF-EOS5), which is based on the version 5 Hierarchical Data Format, or HDF5. The data file contains two grid objects (one with HIRDLS data, the other with MLS data), each with a set of data fields, attributes, and metadata. Each grid contains data fields with IWC values, and the HIRDLS grid includes data fields with volume density, cloud top pressure and frequency of clouds. Time, latitude and vertical pressure information are also included in each grid.

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