NCDC to add 500 terabytes of climate forecast data

NCDC to add 500 terabytes of climate forecast data

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US, November 20, 2014: NCDC has announced its plans to add over 500 terabytes of Climate Forecast System version 2 (CFSv2) model data to the Center’s archive. Several new CFSv2 datasets will be available through NOAA’s National Model Archive and Distribution System (NOMADS) over the next several months, including operational CFSv2 forecasts, operational CFSv2 analysis, retrospective CFSv2 reforecasts from 1982 through 2011, and CFSv2 calibration climatologies for the CFS Reanalysis and Reforecast datasets.

The Climate Forecast System or CFS is a model representing the global interaction between the Earth's oceans, land, and atmosphere. Produced by several dozen scientists under guidance from the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), this model offers hourly data for many variables with a resolution down to approximately 56 km. CFS uses the latest scientific approaches for taking in, or assimilating, observations from many data sources including surface observations, upper-air balloon observations, aircraft observations, and satellite observations.

The calibration climatologies for the CFSv2 Reanalysis and the CFSv2 Reforecast datasets will be available as completely new sets of data, making the NCDC repository a more convenient one-stop shop for CFSv2 data users. Additionally, 45-day, 3-month, and 9-month CFSv2 Reforecast data that include all pressure and surface flux variables will now be available at all levels.

NCDC will begin archiving 9-month Operational CFSv2 Forecast data from April 2011 to the present. New Operational CFSv2 analysis data from April 2011 to the present will continue the current archive of CFSv2 Reanalysis data already being provided by the Center.

Source: NOAA