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Met Office Wind Profiler data is now available from the BADC. ============================================================================== In the late 1990's The Met Office purchased four boundary-layer wind-profilers (nominally 1 GHz), from Radian. The instruments are located at Camborne, Dunkeswell and Wattisham. The fourth was operated at the NERC MST Radar site at Capel Dewi, near Aberystwyth between November 1999 and March 2002; it has now been relocated to South Uist. Data from these instruments is now available at the BADC for the following dates: Camborne from 1998 to 2002, Dunkeswell from 1999 to 2002, and Wattisham from 2001 to 2002. Data from the fourth wind-profiler when it was located at Aberystwyth is also available. More information about the wind profiler data held at the BADC can be found at: http://badc.nerc.ac.uk/data/ukmo-wind-prof/ BADC Support 07th January 2004Read more
Met Office Stratospheric Analyses - New Dynamics ------------------------------------------------ The assimilation system that produces the Met Office stratospheric data will soon be changed to use the New Dynamics (ND) version of the Unified Model. The changeover is scheduled for 28th October 2003. Users of the data need to be aware of the following points: - The data will be ordered from South to North, instead of North to South. - As before, the wind components (u and v) will be produced on a grid that is staggered relative to the mass grid (used for T and z). The output fields use the "Arakawa B grid" staggering, as before, even though the ND model uses a "C grid" staggering. - The vertical velocity will be w (dz/dt), rather than omega (dP/dt), and will be output on the mass grid. - Three additional UARS levels will be output (25 instead of 22), up to 0.1 hPa (instead of 0.316 hPa). If you use the grid definitions in the PP header record, the changes to the ordering of the data will be transparent, otherwise you will need modify your programs to allow for those changes. Access routines are supplied by the Met Office to help users read the data files. The original versions were written to access data from the UARS CDHF, but recent versions also read PP format data, as supplied to the BADC. A revised version of the access routines has been written (version 5c - file name acsasm_v5c.f). This is very similar to the previous version (5b), except that it will recognize the new w fields (as well as omega), and the default settings for field types and number of levels have been modified for New Dynamics. VAX/VMS-specific code (only a few lines) has been deleted. At the BADC, the new data files can be found in the current year assimilated data directory: /badc/ukmo-assim/data/standard/2003/ The associated documentation, as provided by the Met Office is available in the assimilated data doc directory: /badc/ukmo-assim/doc/ieee_binary/new_dynamics/ The Assimilated data documentation on the BADC Web pages will be updated shortly. BADC Support 28th October 2003Read more
The Berlin Stratospheric data series now available from BADC ============================================================ The Berlin stratospheric data series contains temperature and geopotential height data on the 100, 50, 30, 10 mb pressure surfaces produced at the Meteorological Institute, Free University of Berlin, from radiosonde data and rocket observations. The data covers the northern hemisphere during the years 1957 to 2001 and is available on both a 10° x 10° and 5° x 5° grid. More information available at http://www.badc.rl.ac.uk/data/berlin_strat/ BADC Team 23/10/2003Read more
Due to an electricity supply shutdown at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (18-19th October 2003), the BADC File server will be consequently temporarily shutdown from Friday 17th October at 3pm to Sunday 19th October. The BADC file server is expected to be back online from Monday 20th October. This shutdown unfortunately implies that the BADC Web site and access to data and services will be temporarily unavailable. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause. BADC Support 16/10/03.Read more