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I have downloaded the following product

https://cmr.earthdata.nasa.gov/search/concepts/C1251101764-GES_DISC.html

and it gives me a .he5file. Can anyone help me in correctly geo-referencing the file into a corresponding GeoTiff file, so it correctly projects itself in something like QGIS?

There is also an associated .xml file with it available to download.

  • the xml file probably has the metadata – csk Aug 30 at 17:04
  • yes it does. Do you know how to use it? – raaj Aug 31 at 1:35
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Unfortunately it seems QGIS (via GDAL) offers limited support for HDF-EOS5 (or HDF5 in general), and there are discussions about the issue in this GIS-SE. You may want to try these suggestions.


Let me suggest a workaround using a software Panoply to get the data out of HDF5 and convert it into CSV. (So that you can read it in QGIS as a delimited text data).

  1. Install Panoply and start it.
  2. Open the dataset and select your preferred variable and plot it. (Follow steps 1, 2, 3 below).

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  1. You will see a nice plot, but ignore it for the moment and select Array tab.

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  1. Select and highlight all data, then copy them (e.g. Ctrl+C in Windows), then paste the data to a text editor (e.g. Notepad++). Now save the data as a text file.

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  1. Start QGIS and read the text file by Add Delimited Text Layer.

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