Implementing network Common Data Form (netCDF) for the 3DWF Model

Report No. ARL-TR-7605
Authors: Giap Huynh and Yansen Wang
Date/Pages: February 2016; 36 pages
Abstract: Until recently, the Three-dimensional Wind Field (3DWF) model developed by the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) had produced geographic coordinated wind data results only in standard Grib format on the Windows platform and was not easily read by other platforms. Having recognized this limitation, recent efforts have been made to improve the model, including the capability to format the results data file in network Common Data Form (netCDF) so that the distributed results can be easily accessible to other machines and operating platforms. This improvement will also allow for easier creation of code and sharing of scientific data. This technical report describes processes, software, and written programs needed in order to produce the 3DWF model's results in netCDF data format. In addition, data extraction from netCDF-formatted Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model results necessary for the 3DWF model's wind initialization will also be documented.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: February 1, 2016