Tips for using ACE HDF files (IDL and MatLab)

The ACE-FTS And ACE-IMAGER level 2 data files are provided using HDF version 5.0 (known as HDF5). Information about HDF can be found from the NCSA HDF page. Different kinds of software exist which read HDF5 files, but for accurate and precise results use the h5dump utility. A Windows based HDF viewer program called HDF Explorer can also be used.

Simple examples of how to import ACE-FTS HDF formatted data into IDL and MatLab are given below. All examples have been tested and built using either IDL 6.1 or MATLAB 7.0.1 operating under Windows XP.

IDL Example File:
MatLab Example File: readacehdf.m