ERA40 T106 6-hourly Surface Analysis and Surface Forecast Fields, created at NCAR

DS127.0 represents a dataset implemented and computed by NCAR's Data Support Section, and forms an essential part of efforts undertaken in late 2004, early 2005, to produce an archive of selected segments of ERA-40 on standard transformation grids.

In this case, forty six ERA-40 6-hourly surface and single level analysis variables were transformed from a reduced N80 Gaussian grid to a 320 by 160 regular Gaussian grid. All fields were transformed using routines from the ECMWF EMOS library, including 10 meter winds which were treated as scalars because of a lack of 10 meter spectral vorticity and divergence. A missing value occurs in the sea surface temperature and sea ice fields to mask grid points occurring over land. Fields formerly archived as whole integers, such as vegetation indices and cloud cover, occur as integers plus a fractional part in the T106 version due to interpolation.

In addition, twenty seven ERA-40 6-hourly surface and single level 6-hour forecast variables were transformed from a reduced N80 Gaussian grid to a 320 by 160 regular Gaussian grid. (These are designated as OTHER, or other, variables below.) All variables are valid 6 hours after the forecast was initiated. Thus, 00Z 6-hour forecast evaporation is valid at 06Z. Four of the variables are instantaneous variables, and the remaining twenty three variables are accumulated over the 6-hour forecast time. Divide the accumulated variables by 21600 seconds to obtain instantaneous values. (Multiplication by minus one may also be necessary to match the sign convention one is accustomed to.) All fields were transformed using routines from the ECMWF EMOS library, including three pairs of stresses which were treated as scalars because of a lack of spectral precursors.

The ERA-Interim data from ECMWF is an update to the ERA-40 project. The ERA-Interim data starts in 1989 and has a higher horizontal resolution (T255, N128 nominally 0.703125 degrees) than the ERA-40 data (T159, N80 nominally 1.125 degrees). ERA-Interim is based on a more current model than ERA-40 and uses 4DVAR (as opposed to 3DVAR in ERA-40). ECMWF will continue to run the ERA-Interim model in near real time through at least 2010, and possibly longer. This data is available in ds627.0 [https://rda.ucar.edu/datasets/ds627.0/].

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Questions? Email Resource Support Contact:

  • Dave Stepaniak
    davestep@ucar.edu
    UCAR/NCAR - Research Data Archive

Temporal Range

  • Begin:  1957-09-01T00:00:00Z
    End:  2002-08-31T18:00:00Z

Keywords

Resource Type dataset
Temporal Range Begin 1957-09-01T00:00:00Z
Temporal Range End 2002-08-31T18:00:00Z
Temporal Resolution N/A
Bounding Box North Lat 89.142
Bounding Box South Lat -89.142
Bounding Box West Long -180
Bounding Box East Long 180
Spatial Representation grid
Spatial Resolution 1.125 degree
Related Links

Related Resource #1 : ECMWF's Climate Research web site

Additional Information N/A
Asset Size 495296 MB
Legal Constraints

The data can be used for non-commercial research only.


Access Constraints We are allowed to distribute this data to US scientists, scientists visiting US organizations, and Canadian scientists affiliated with UCAR member organizations only.
Software Implementation Language N/A
Resource Support Name Dave Stepaniak
Resource Support Email davestep@ucar.edu
Resource Support Organization UCAR/NCAR - Research Data Archive
Distributor NCAR Research Data Archive
Metadata Contact Name N/A
Metadata Contact Email rdahelp@ucar.edu
Metadata Contact Organization NCAR Research Data Archive
Author European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
Research Data Archive, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Publisher Research Data Archive at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory
Publication Date 2005-08-04
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) https://doi.org/10.5065/D6TT4P0F
Alternate Identifier ds127.0
Resource Version N/A
Topic Category climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere
Progress completed
Metadata Date 2019-07-23T15:05:04-07:00
Metadata Record Identifier edu.ucar.rda::ds127.0
Metadata Language eng; USA
Suggested Citation European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, Research Data Archive, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. (2005). ERA40 T106 6-hourly Surface Analysis and Surface Forecast Fields, created at NCAR. Research Data Archive at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory. https://doi.org/10.5065/D6TT4P0F. Accessed 20 August 2019.

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