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The GES DISC does not endorse any commercial software. However, we can share our experience in using certain tools in our every day activities, without implying they are the best choice. GES DISC summarizes number of tools on its tool page.


 Giovanni A-Train Data Depot
This newest Giovanni instance is a Web-based graphics utility that displays co-located A-Train Data Depot (ATDD) data sets. This utility uses the latest version of Giovanni (v3) developed at the GES DISC to display certain CloudSat and CALIPSO vertical profile data together with collocated retrievals from other A-Train instruments - MODIS, AIRS, and AMSR-E on Aqua, POLDER on PARASOL, and MLS and OMI on Aura.

Other Giovanni instances
Giovanni is a Web-based application developed by the GES DISC that provides a simple and intuitive way to visualize, analyze, and access vast amounts of Earth science remote sensing data without having to download the data. Available instances: MISR, MODIS, MLS, OMI, SeaWiFS, TRMM, UARS...


 CALIPSO Expedited Browse with KMZ

This portal from NASA Langley Atmospheric Research Center (LaRC) is an excellent web browse tool that allows quick previews of the near-real time CALIPSO L1B attenuated backscatter (at 1064 and 532 nm), and the L2 Vertical Feature Mask production. The KMZ files for GoogleEarth are provided, for every 22.5-minute orbital segment. Users should drill down to the particular segment of interest to get to the KMZ option.


LIDAR Browse

Full collection of CALIPSO L1B attenuated backscatter imagery, driven by a simple user-friendly calendar, from LARC.


CloudSat quicklook imagery from the CloudSat Processing Center


CloudSat Qicklook Images

This portal is provided by the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, Colorado State University. 



HDF, HDF-EOS, and other EOSDIS Science Data Processing Toolkit material

HDF-EOS and SDP Toolkit
This is the home forall releases of HDF-EOS, tools like EOSView, HEG, and the SDP Toolkit libraries used in the EOS data processing and archiving centers. HDF-EOS User Manuals can be downloaded from that site. You can use the downloading instructions below* and then change ftp directory straight to what you need.

The home of the HDF group at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Find the new HDF5, and many new precompiled command-line utilities.


HDFLook is a multifunctionalHDF visualization tool. Even though designed for georeferencing (mapping) of MODISand AIRS data, it may turn useful for many other products in HDF format. HDFLook is a result of joint collaboration between Laboratoire d'Optique Atmosphérique (LOA), University of Lille, France, and NASA. Created as a flexible modular tool, is it easy to update, add new features, and is free. Download from LOA.


 HDFView is one of the many tools by the HDF group at NCSA, and its strength is that it opens HDF4 and HDF5 formats, and shows the hierarchy of all objects in very friendly format. Useful for quick preview of data as spreadsheets, even as simple line and image plots, all attributes, and all HDF-EOS structures if any. Download from NCSA.

*Downloading Instructions from the HDF-EOS site:
Name: anonymous
Password: <your e-mail address>
ftp> quote site group sdptk
ftp> quote site gpass ecs-tkit

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