Data Access and Formats#

There is a host of different ways to access ICESat-2 data in particular and NASA data in general. This section provides a map to the current (as of August 2023) landscape of data access methods. It also provides an introduction to HDF5 and NetCDF, the file formats that ICESat-2 data products are stored in. The focus is on accessing data from a cloud compute instance in AWS us-west-2. However, some of the access methods and tools can be used from a local machine as well.

The tutorials are organized as follows: