ERA5 monthly mean back extension 1950-1978 (Preliminary version)

ECMWF has announced that the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) has begun the release of the ERA5 back extension data covering the period 1950-1978 on the Climate Data Store (CDS).

Although in many other respects the quality of this dataset is quite satisfactory, the current back extension appears to suffer from tropical cyclones that are sometimes unrealistically intense. This is in contrast with the ERA5 product from 1979 onwards (also available from the CDS and RDA ds633.0). For more details see the article, ERA5 back extension 1950-1978 (Preliminary version): tropical cyclones are too intense [https://confluence.ecmwf.int/display/CKB/ERA5+back+extension+1950-1978+(Preliminary+version):+tropical+cyclones+are+too+intense].

For this reason the current release of the back extension is preliminary.

It is therefore available from separate CDS catalogue entries (hourly, monthly, single level and pressure levels), and this RDA dataset. Around the end of 2021 an updated version of the back extension is to be made available which will be added to the ERA5 catalogue entries that currently reach back to 1979. After an overlap period (the duration of which is not yet decided), the preliminary back extension will be deprecated.

The full back extension preliminary dataset is expected to be made available near the end of 2020/early 2021.

After many years of research and technical preparation, the production of a new ECMWF climate reanalysis to replace ERA-Interim is in progress. ERA5 is the fifth generation of ECMWF atmospheric reanalyses of the global climate, which started with the FGGE reanalyses produced in the 1980s, followed by ERA-15, ERA-40 and most recently ERA-Interim. ERA5 will cover the period January 1950 to near real time.

ERA5 is produced using high-resolution forecasts (HRES) at 31 kilometer resolution (one fourth the spatial resolution of the operational model) and a 62 kilometer resolution ten member 4D-Var ensemble of data assimilation (EDA) in CY41r2 of ECMWF's Integrated Forecast System (IFS) with 137 hybrid sigma-pressure (model) levels in the vertical, up to a top level of 0.01 hPa. Atmospheric data on these levels are interpolated to 37 pressure levels (the same levels as in ERA-Interim). Surface or single level data are also available, containing 2D parameters such as precipitation, 2 meter temperature, top of atmosphere radiation and vertical integrals over the entire atmosphere. The IFS is coupled to a soil model, the parameters of which are also designated as surface parameters, and an ocean wave model. Generally, the data is available at an hourly frequency and consists of analyses and short (12 hour) forecasts, initialized twice daily from analyses at 06 and 18 UTC. Most analyses parameters are also available from the forecasts. There are a number of forecast parameters, e.g. mean rates and accumulations, that are not available from the analyses.

Improvements to ERA5, compared to ERA-Interim, include use of HadISST.2, reprocessed ECMWF climate data records (CDR), and implementation of RTTOV11 radiative transfer. Variational bias corrections have not only been applied to satellite radiances, but also ozone retrievals, aircraft observations, surface pressure, and radiosonde profiles.

Please note: DECS produces a CF 1.6 compliant netCDF-4/HDF5 version of ERA5 for the CISL RDA at NCAR. The netCDF-4/HDF5 version is the de facto RDA ERA5 online data format. The GRIB1 data format is also available online. There is a one-to-one correspondence between the netCDF-4/HDF5 and GRIB1 files, with as much GRIB1 metadata as possible incorporated into the attributes of the netCDF-4/HDF5 counterpart.

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Questions? Email Resource Support Contact:

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

Temporal Range

  • Begin:  1949-12-31T00:00:00Z
    End:  1978-12-31T23:00:00Z

Keywords

Resource Type dataset
Temporal Range Begin 1949-12-31T00:00:00Z
Temporal Range End 1978-12-31T23:00:00Z
Temporal Resolution N/A
Bounding Box North Lat N/A
Bounding Box South Lat N/A
Bounding Box West Long N/A
Bounding Box East Long N/A
Spatial Representation N/A
Spatial Resolution N/A
Related Links

Related Resource #1 : Copernicus Climate Data Store (CDS)

Related Resource #2 : ERA-5 on AWS

Related Resource #3 : Tool to convert NetCDF data to WRF Intermediate file format

Additional Information N/A
Resource Format NetCDF4 (Binary)
WMO_GRIB1 (Binary)
Standardized Resource Format GRIB
NetCDF
Asset Size 0.00 MB
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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
Publisher Research Data Archive at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory
Publication Date 2022-03-01
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) https://doi.org/10.5065/JAXB-X906
Alternate Identifier ds633.5
Resource Version N/A
Topic Category climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere
Progress completed
Metadata Date 2024-01-03T15:11:53-07:00
Metadata Record Identifier edu.ucar.rda::ds633.5
Metadata Language eng; USA
Suggested Citation European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. (2022). ERA5 monthly mean back extension 1950-1978 (Preliminary version). Research Data Archive at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory. https://doi.org/10.5065/JAXB-X906. Accessed 22 May 2024.

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