The MAT1NXOCN or tavg1_2d_ocn_Nx data product is the MERRA Data Assimilation System 2-Dimensional ocean surface single-level diagnostics that is time averaged single-level at the native resolution. It is a history file that is produced from the GCM during the corrector segment of the IAU cycle. All collections from this group are at reduced horizontal resolution. MERRA, or the Modern Era ... Retrospective-analysis for Research and Application, is a NASA reanalysis for the satellite era (30 years 1979-current) using the Goddard Earth Observing System Data Assimilation System Version 5 (GEOS-5 DAS).
This data product contains 2-dimensional fields that do not vary during the reanalysis.
The data are on the GEOS-5 native 540 x 361 grid with 2/3° longitude x 1/2° latitude resolution. The files contain the following times compacted into a daily file: 0:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, & GMT. Data are archived in the HDF-EOS (Grid) format, based on HDF4.