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Zip Files

The AERONET Download Tool provides data in a compressed or "zip" file. This file can be uncompressed or "unzipped" in a number of ways.

The table below shows the operating system and the possible software or command that can be used to "unzip" the zip file.

Operating System Possible Software or Command
Unix Command: unzip
Windows Software*: Pkunzip, Winzip, Winrar
Mac

Software*: Alladin Stuffit Expander


Data Files

AERONET data files (*.lev10, *.alm, *.siz, *.ssa, etc.) can be opened in Microsoft Excel, Corel Quattro Pro, or similar spreadsheet program.

The following images show how to import the file into a spreadsheet program.

These data files can be opened from the spreadsheet program (Figure 1). The text import wizard will should be set to "delimited" format (Figure 2) Next, select comma delimited in the text import wizard (Figure 3).
The image shows how to open the AERONET data file.  In the program, select File, Open and the desired file name, and press Open. The image shows step 1 of 3 in the text import wizard.  Select the delimited option and press Next. The image shows step 2 of 3 in the text import wizard.  Select the comma option and press Next.
Figure 1: Opening the AERONET data file Figure 2: Setting the delimited data format Figure 3: Setting the data separator
Furthermore, set the first column date format to day/month/year or DMY (Figure 4). The data now appear properly formatted in the spreadsheet (Figure 5).  
The image shows step 3 of 3 in the text import wizard.  Select the Day/Month/Year or DMY option for the first column and press Finish. The image the AERONET data correctly parsed into the spreadsheet columns.
Figure 4: Setting the proper date format Figure 5: Parsed AERONET data file
 
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