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Aura data products are mostly in the new HDF-EOS5 file format (level 2 and 3), however there are some products which are not (level 1 OMI is in the old HDF-EOS2.x, and level 1 MLS is in plain HDF5).You will need to choose the correct software to read a particular data product (see the descriptions of the data product levels below for more information).

In some cases, conversion tools exist to convert data from one format to another.One may convert older HDF-EOS2.x to the new HDF-EOS5 format.One may also convert files from old HDF4.x to the new HDF5 format, and vice versa. Note that HDF-EOS files are a collection of HDF objects.Thus HDF software will read HDF-EOS files, but you must choose the correct version, as HDF5 is not backward compatible with the old HDF4 format.

The table below lists some readers and visualization tools including**Giovanni**,an on-line visualization service.

Descriptions on other tools can be found at the HDF-EOS home page. For information about the HDF or HDF5 format, please see the HDF home page.

Readers and Visualization Tools for Aura Files in :
Data ToolComputer LanguageOperating System / PlatformInput Data FormatsOutput Data FormatsVisualizationSubsetting
read_h5CSun, SGI, LinuxHDF5,
HDF-EOS 5
ASCII, BinaryN/AParameter, Channel, Spatial
read_hdfCSun, SGI, LinuxHDF4,
HDF-EOS 2.x
ASCII, BinaryN/AParameter, Channel, Spatial
get_h5_datasetIDLAll platforms, needs IDLHDF5,
HDF-EOS 5
ASCII, BinaryN/AParameter, Channel, Spatial
get_h4_datasetIDLAll platforms, needs IDLHDF4,
HDF-EOS 2.x
ASCII, BinaryN/AParameter, Channel, Spatial
atmos_h5IDLAll platforms, needs IDLHDF5, HDF-EOS 5ASCII, Binary, JPEGQuick LookParameter, Channel
atmos_h4IDLAll platforms, needs IDLHDF4,
HDF-EOS 2.x,
ASCII, Binary, JPEGQuick LookParameter, Channel
read_mls_l2IDLAll platforms, needs IDLHDF5, HDF-EOS5ASCIIN/AParameter
read_omi_l2IDLAll platforms, needs IDLHDF-EOS5 N/AParameter
HDFViewC, JavaSun, SGI, Windows, LinuxHDF4,
HDF-EOS 2.x ,
HDF5, HDF-EOS 5
HDF, ASCII, XML, JPEGQuick LookParameter, Channel, Spatial
Integrated Data Viewer (IDV)C, JavaSun, SGI, Windows, LinuxHDF4,
HDF-EOS 2.x ,
HDF5, HDF-EOS 5
HDF, ASCII, XML, JPEGQuick LookParameter, Channel, Spatial
Panoply(file Viewer for Gridded data)C, JavaSun, SGI, Windows, LinuxHDF4,
HDF-EOS 2.x ,
HDF5, HDF-EOS 5
HDF, ASCII, XML, JPEGSubsets,Quick LookParameter, Channel, Spatial
H5_BrowserIDLAll platforms (needs IDL)HDF5, HDF-EOS 5ASCII, Binary, JPEGQuick LookParameter, Channel
HDF_BrowserIDLAll platforms (needs IDL)HDF4, HDF-EOS2.xASCII, Binary, JPEGQuick LookParameter, Channel
HEGC, JavaSun, SGI, Windows, LinuxHDF4,
HDF-EOS2.x
HDF-EOS Grid, GeoTIFF, BinaryRe-projectionParameter, Channel, Sub-sampling
BEATC, Java,

(IDL, Matlab, and Python Interface)

Sun, SGI, Windows, Linux, MACHDF,
HDF-EOS2.x
HDF5, HDF-EOS5, ASCII, Binary
HDF,
HDF-EOS2.x
HDF5, HDF-EOS5, ASCII, Binary
Different ProjectionsParameter, Channel
Format Converters and Other useful tools for Files in HDF Formats
Data ToolComputer LanguageOperating System / PlatformInput Data FormatsOutput Data FormatsVisualizationSubsetting
hdp
 
CLinux, Solaris, WindowsHDF4,
HDF-EOS2.x
ASCII, BinaryN/AObject
h5dumpCLinux, FreeBSD, MacOS, Solaris, WindowsHDF5,
HDF-EOS5
ASCII, Binary, XMLN/AArray, Object
h4toh5CLinux, Solaris, WindowsHDF4,
HDF-EOS2.x
HDF5N/AParameter, Channel
h5toh4CLinux, Solaris, WindowsHDF5,
HDF-EOS5
HDF4N/AParameter, Channel
heconvertCLinux, MacOS, SunOSHDF4,
HDF-EOS2.x
HDF-EOS Grid, GeoTIFF, BinaryDifferent ProjectionsParameter, Channel
hdfeos52netcdfCAll platformsHDF5,
HDF-EOS5.x
netCDFN/AN/A
Data Mining & Data Servers for Aura and Aura related Data Products
Data ToolComputer LanguageOperating System / PlatformInput Data FormatsOutput Data FormatsVisualizationSubsetting
Aura/OMI-Giovanni
(on-line, web- based analysis)
GrADS, perlAll PlatformsHDF-EOSASCIIDifferent Projections, Area Maps (temporal average), Time series (spatial average)All types
TOMS-Giovanni
(on-line, web- based analysis)
GrADS, perlAll PlatformsHDF-EOSASCIIDifferent Projections, Area Maps (temporal average), Time series (spatial average)All types
Aura/MLS-Giovanni
(on-line, web-based analysis)
GrADS, perlAll PlatformsHDF-EOSASCIIVerticle Profiles of Trace GasesAll types

Aura/HIRDLS Giovanni
(on-line, web-based analysis) 

GrADS,perlAll PlatformsHDF-EOSASCIIDifferent Projections, Area Maps (temporal average), Time series (spatial average)All types
Aura/TES Giovanni
(on-line, web-based analysis)  
GrADS,perlAll PlatformsHDF-EOSASCIIDifferent Projections, Area Maps (temporal average), Time series (spatial average)All types
UARS/HALOE-Giovanni
(on-line, web-based analysis)
GrADS, perlAll PlatformsBinaryASCIIVertical Profiles of Parameters and Std. Dev., Event SelectionAll types

 

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