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ML3DZOH

MLS/Aura Level 3 Daily Binned Hydroxyl (OH) Mixing Ratio on Zonal and Similar Grids V004 (ML3DZOH) at GES DISC

ML3DZOH is the EOS Aura Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) daily binned on zonal and assorted vertical grids product for hydroxyl (OH) derived from radiances measured by the THz radiometer. The data version is 4.2. Data coverage is continuous from August 2, 2004 to December 12, 2009 when the THz radiometer was placed in standby mode. After this date OH data were collected for about 30 days in August/September of 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Spatial coverage is near-global (-82 to +82 degrees latitude) at 4 degree latitude zonal increments. The recommended useful vertical range is from 31.6 to 0.00316 hPa, and the vertical resolution is about 3. Users of the ML3DZOH data product should read chapter 4 and section 3.19 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". These are further subdivided into groups with all valid, ascending orbit, descending orbit, daytime (SZA < 90), and nighttime (SZA > 110) profiles. Each group has a set of data (average, min, max, std dev, rms) and geolocation fields, grid attributes, and metadata.

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