JRA-55C: Monthly Means and Variances

As a subset of the Japanese 55-year Reanalysis (JRA-55) project, the Meteorological Research Institute of the Japan Meteorological Agency has conducted a global atmospheric reanalysis that assimilates only conventional surface and upper air observations, with no use of satellite observations, using the same data assimilation system as the JRA-55. The project, named the JRA-55 Conventional (JRA-55C), aims to produce a more homogeneous dataset over a long period, unaffected by changes in historical satellite observing systems. The dataset is intended to be suitable for studies of climate change or multidecadal variability. The reanalysis period of JRA-55C is from November 1972 to December 2012. The JMA recommends the use of JRA-55 to extend JRA-55C back to January 1958.

The Data Support Section at NCAR has downloaded all JRA-55C data. The entire archive has been reorganized into single parameter time series, and model resolution data has been transformed to a regular Gaussian grid. The JRA-55C products are currently being made accessible to RDA registered users of JRA-55, and will appear incrementally via the Data Access tab.

To Access Resource:

Questions? Email Resource Support Contact:

  • Dave Stepaniak
    UCAR/NCAR - Research Data Archive

Temporal Range

  • Begin:  1972-11-01T00:00:00Z
    End:  2013-01-01T18:00:00Z


Resource Type dataset
Temporal Range Begin 1972-11-01T00:00:00Z
Temporal Range End 2013-01-01T18:00:00Z
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 : JRA-55 Quality Issues

Related Resource #2 : JRA-55 Project

Additional Information N/A
Resource Format WMO_GRIB1 (Binary)
Standardized Resource Format GRIB
Asset Size 831910 MB
Legal Constraints

When accessing the JRA data, you agree to the following Terms and Conditions:

a. Conditions of use

   * Individual users must register their name, affiliation and email address with NCAR before access to datasets will be permitted.
   * The source of the datasets should be duly acknowledged in scientific and technical papers, publications, press releases and other communications regarding the datasets. Example: The dataset used for this study is from the Japanese 55-year Reanalysis Using Conventional Data Only (JRA-55C) project carried out by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).
   * Individual users should provide JMA (jra@met.kishou.go.jp) with a copy of their scientific or technical papers, publications, press releases or other communications regarding these datasets.

b. Disclaimer

   * Although JMA has taken the utmost care in creating the datasets, it assumes no responsibility regarding their reliability. JMA is not responsible for any damage that may result from their use.

c. Intellectual property

   * The intellectual property rights of the datasets belong exclusively to JMA.

The complete JMA and NCAR agreement for JRA-55 (and JRA-55C) may be viewed via the Documentation tab.

Access Constraints Registration on the RDA web site is a requirement for access to the data.
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 Japan Meteorological Agency, Japan
Publisher Research Data Archive at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory
Publication Date 2015-07-24
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) https://doi.org/10.5065/D6C827B7
Alternate Identifier ds628.3
Resource Version N/A
Topic Category climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere
Progress completed
Metadata Date 2024-01-03T15:11:52-07:00
Metadata Record Identifier edu.ucar.rda::ds628.3
Metadata Language eng; USA
Suggested Citation Japan Meteorological Agency, Japan. (2015). JRA-55C: Monthly Means and Variances. Research Data Archive at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory. https://doi.org/10.5065/D6C827B7. Accessed 22 June 2024.

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