ML2DGM is the EOS Aura Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) product containing the minor frame diagnostic quantities on a miscellaneous grid. These include items such as tangent pressure, chi-square describing various fits to the measured radiances, number of radiances used in variious retrieval phases, etc. This product contains a second auxillary file which includes cloud-induced radiances inferred for ... selected spectral channels. The current version is 3.3. Data coverage is complete from August 8, 2004 to current. Spatial coverage is near-global (-82¬∞ to +82¬∞ latitude), with each profile spaced 1.5¬∞ or ~165 km along the orbit track (roughly 15 orbits per day). Vertical resolution varies between species and typically ranges from 3 - 6 km. Users of the ML2DGM data product should read the Supplement to Version 1.5 Level 2 Data Quality and Description Document for more information (http://mls.jpl.nasa.gov/data/v1-5-supplement-29jul05b.pdf).
Users are encouraged to register with the MLS science team at https://mls.jpl.nasa.gov/forms/reguser.php to obtain updates and information about this data product.
The data are stored in the version 5 Hierarchical Data Format, or HDF5. Each file contains sets of HDF5 dataset objects (n-dimensional arrays) for each diagnostics measurement. The dataset objects represent data and geolocation fields; included in the file are file attributes and metadata. There are two files per day (MLS-Aura_L2AUX-DGM* and MLS-Aura_L2AUX-Cloud*).