Short Name:
ML2H2O

MLS/Aura Level 2 Water Vapor (H2O) Mixing Ratio V004 (ML2H2O) at GES DISC

ML2H2O is the EOS Aura Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) standard product for water vapor derived from radiances measured primarily by the 190 GHz radiometer. The data version is 4.2. Spatial coverage is near-global (-82 degrees to +82 degrees latitude), with each profile spaced 1.5 degrees or ~165 km along the orbit track (roughly 15 orbits per day). The recommended useful vertical range is between 316 and 0.00215 hPa, and the vertical resolution is about 1.5 km at 316 hPa increasing to 3.5 km to 4.64 hPa, and degrades to 15 km above 0.1 hPa. Users of the ML2H2O data product should read section 3.9 of the EOS MLS Level 2 Version 4 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 HDF-5. Each file contains two swath objects (profile and column data), each with a set of data and geolocation fields, swath attributes, and metadata.

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