Thanks for your offer to help! I am fairly new to python, and so have not tried much yet. The files I am trying to access are from:http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/daac-bin/FTPSubset.pl
I tried to attach a downloaded HDF file to this message, but for some reason I wasn't able to. So to download the HDF file onto your computer, you will have to put in some parameters into the linked page, and click "Start Search" at the bottom of the page. I have made it this far, but then don't know how to access the data that is in them with Python. People have mentioned that I might need to download a library, but I don't know how or which one...
Any suggestions you might have would be greatly appreciated!