Short Name:
ML3DZH2O

MLS/Aura Level 3 Daily Binned Water Vapor (H2O) Mixing Ratio on Zonal and Similar Grids V004 (ML3DZH2O) at GES DISC

ML3DZH2O is the EOS Aura Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) daily binned on zonal and assorted vertical grids product for water vapor (H2O) derived from radiances measured primarily by the 190 GHz radiometer. The data version is 4.2. Spatial coverage is near-global (-82 to +82 degrees latitude) at 4 degree latitude zonal increments. 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 ML3DZH2O data product should read chapter 4 and section 3.9 of the EOS MLS Level 2 Version 4 Quality Document for more information. The data files contain one year of data and are archived in the netCDF4 format, which is also compatible with HDF5 readers and tools. Each file contains four group objects: lat vs pressure zonal mean, lat vs "potential temperature" zonal mean, "equivalent latitude" vs "potential temperature" zonal mean, and vortex average vs "potential temperature". Each group has a set of data (average, min, max, std dev, rms) and geolocation fields, grid attributes, and metadata.

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