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MERRA-2 tavgM_2d_csp_Nx: 2d,Monthly mean,Time-averaged,Single-Level,Assimilation,COSP Satellite Simulator 0.625 x 0.5 degree V5.12.4 (M2TMNXCSP) at GES DISC

M2TMNXCSP (or tavgM_2d_csp_Nx) is a time-averaged 2-dimensional monthly mean data collection in Modern-Era Retrospective analysis for Research and Applications version 2 (MERRA-2). This collection consists of parameters from CFMIP Observations Simulator Package(COSP), such as ISCCP total cloud area fraction, MODIS cloud fraction water (ice) mean, MODIS cloud fraction low (mid,high) mean, modis cloud particle size water (ice) mean. CFMIP is the abbreviation of Cloud Feedback Model Intercomparison Project. The collection also includes variance of certain parameters. MERRA-2 is the latest version of global atmospheric reanalysis for the satellite era produced by NASA Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) using the Goddard Earth Observing System Model (GEOS) version 5.12.4. The dataset covers the period of 1980-present with the latency of ~3 weeks after the end of a month. Data Reprocessing: Please check “Records of MERRA-2 Data Reprocessing and Service Changes” linked from the “Documentation” tab on this page. Note that a reprocessed data filename is different from the original file. MERRA-2 Mailing List: Sign up to receive information on reprocessing of data, changing of tools and services, as well as data announcements from GMAO. Contact the GES DISC Help Desk ( to be added to the list. Questions: If you have a question, please read "MERRA-2 File Specification Document", “MERRA-2 Data Access – Quick Start Guide”, and FAQs linked from the ”Documentation” tab on this page. If that does not answer your question, you may email the question on data access to the GES DISC Help Desk (, or the question on science to the MERRA-2 science team (

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