HDF-EOS (Hierarchical Data Format-Earth Observing System) is an extension of NCSA (National Center for Supercomputing Applications) HDF and uses HDF calls as an underlying basis. This API contains functionality for creating, accessing and manipulating Grid, Point and Swath structures. IDL's HDF-EOS routines all begin with the prefix "EOS_". This version of IDL supports HDF-EOS 2.8.
HDF-EOS is a product of NASA, information may be found at: