How to open NetCDF-file after “Failed to import variables from one or more datasets” -error appears

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I've downloaded binned daily MODIS chlorophyll A data from https://oceandata.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/MODIS-Aqua/Binned/Daily/CHL/2014/ (you might need to sign in) as NetCDF files and I'm trying to open them in ArcGIS Pro (2.7.3). When using the Add Multidimensional Raster Layer I get the Failed to import variables from one or more datasets -error message.

When I run a file through NetCDFFileProperties I don't get any results with getDimensions () or getVariables (), but the getAttributeNames () gives me the following results:

Attribute Name: Conventions
CF-1.6 ACDD-1.3
Attribute Name: binning_scheme
Integerized Sinusoidal Grid
Attribute Name: cdm_data_type
point
Attribute Name: creator_email
data@oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov
Attribute Name: creator_name
NASA/GSFC/OBPG
Attribute Name: creator_url
http://oceandata.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov
Attribute Name: data_bins
1504511
Attribute Name: date_created
2017-12-31T23:13:01.000Z
Attribute Name: easternmost_longitude
180.0
Attribute Name: end_orbit_number
62049
Attribute Name: geospatial_lat_max
90.0
Attribute Name: geospatial_lat_min
-90.0
Attribute Name: geospatial_lat_resolution
0.041666666666666664
Attribute Name: geospatial_lat_units
degrees_north
Attribute Name: geospatial_lon_max
180.0
Attribute Name: geospatial_lon_min
-180.0
Attribute Name: geospatial_lon_resolution
0.041666666666666664
Attribute Name: geospatial_lon_units
degrees_east
Attribute Name: history
l2bin par=A2014001.L3b_DAY_CHL.param
Attribute Name: id
A2014001.L3b_DAY_CHL.nc/L3/A2014001.L3b_DAY_CHL.nc
Attribute Name: identifier_product_doi
10.5067/AQUA/MODIS/L3B/CHL/2018
Attribute Name: identifier_product_doi_authority
http://dx.doi.org
Attribute Name: institution
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Ocean Ecology Laboratory, Ocean Biology Processing Group
Attribute Name: instrument
MODIS
Attribute Name: keywords
Earth Science > Oceans > Ocean Chemistry > Pigments > Chlorophyll; Earth Science > Oceans > Ocean Chemistry > Chlorophyllr
Attribute Name: keywords_vocabulary
NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
Attribute Name: license
http://science.nasa.gov/earth-science/earth-science-data/data-information-policy/
Attribute Name: naming_authority
gov.nasa.gsfc.sci.oceandata
Attribute Name: northernmost_latitude
90.0
Attribute Name: percent_data_bins
6.33167028427124
Attribute Name: platform
Aqua
Attribute Name: processing_level
L3 Binned
Attribute Name: processing_version
2018.0
Attribute Name: product_name
A2014001.L3b_DAY_CHL.nc
Attribute Name: project
Ocean Biology Processing Group (NASA/GSFC/OBPG)
Attribute Name: publisher_email
data@oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov
Attribute Name: publisher_name
NASA/GSFC/OBPG
Attribute Name: publisher_url
http://oceandata.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov
Attribute Name: southernmost_latitude
-90.0
Attribute Name: spatialResolution
4.6 km
Attribute Name: standard_name_vocabulary
CF Standard Name Table v36
Attribute Name: start_orbit_number
62033
Attribute Name: temporal_range
day
Attribute Name: time_coverage_end
2014-01-02T02:04:59.000Z
Attribute Name: time_coverage_start
2014-01-01T00:45:01.000Z
Attribute Name: title
MODIS Level-3 Binned Data
Attribute Name: units
chlor_a:mg m^-3,chl_ocx:mg m^-3
Attribute Name: westernmost_longitude
-180.0

I've read about the software not being able to read certain attribute names as variables, or the data being stored in an irregular grid, but I haven't been able to figure out how to open and work with this data. This has also happened with other oceanographic data I have tried to download (eg. University of Hamburg datasets) so I believe it's me rather than the data. Any ideas? Thank you!

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