||Umbrella term for geophysical quantity/quantities associated with climate variation and change as well as the
impact of climate change onto Earth (e.g. cloud properties).
||Subdivision of ECVs in long-term data record of values or fields, covering one or more geophysical quantities
(e.g. Cloud Water Path).
||One physical parameter/variable in that constitutes a time series of observations (e.g. Cloud Liquid Water
||In-memory representation of data opened from a data source. Contains multiple layers of a geophysical quantity or
multiple geophysical quantities with multiple layers encompassing e.g. information on temporal and spatial
dimensions and localization or uncertainty information.
||Combination of dataset and geophysical quantity incl. uncertainty information (e.g. Cloud Liquid Water Path
from L3S Modis merged phase1 v1.0 including uncertainty, standard deviation, number of observations, …)
||Offers multiple data sources.
||A concrete source for datasets. Provides the schema of datasets and other descriptive meta-information
about a dataset such as it geo-spatial coverage. Used to open datasets.
||Describes a dataset’s structure, contents and data types.