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Would "sounding" be a useful alternative? I and other atmospheric scientists use this when talking about data taken to profile the atmosphere, either by a static instrument, e.g a wind profiler, where you have regular vertical gridded data or data from an ascending(descending) instrument e.g. a radiosonde, where the vertical coordinate will not nec be regular and the observations point is moving horizontally too. Graham Graham A Parton BADC Helpdesk Manager R25 1.117 Science and Technology Facilities Council Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell Science and Innovation Campus Didcot, Oxon OX11 0QX Tel: +44 (0) 1235 446432 Fax: +44(0) 1235 446314 P Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail