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NCL Graphics: Complex Coefficients [GRIB]

Synthesize (reconstruct) a variable from spherical harmonic complex coefficients
cmplxgrb_1.ncl: Read complex coefficients from an ECMWF created grib formatted file and reconstruct (synthesize) the variable (800x1600) using shsgC. There are only four levels and the surface pressure is not available but 'for fun' compute a vertical mean temperature at each grid point. Compute layer thicknesses via dpres_plevel.

Examine the Grib file via:

    ncl_filedump -itime ana_yest.800x800_complex.grb

      initial_time0_hours = 1
      lv_ISBL1 = 4

      real_imaginary = 2    ; coefficient array 
      g50_lat_3 = 800            
      g50_lon_4 = 800

      g4_lat_5 = 800        ; target grid
      g4_lon_6 = 1600
 float T_GDS50_ISBL(initial_time0_hours,lv_ISBL1, real_imaginary, g50_lat_3, g50_lon_4)
cmplxgrb_2.ncl: Read complex coefficients from an ECMWF created grib formatted file. The full grid is 160x320 and a full complex coefficient array would be 160x160. However, this is a T106 grid and ECMWF only put out 107 coefficients (a constant plus 106 coefficients). Reconstruct (synthesize) the variable (160x320) using shsgc. The underlying spherical harmonic code requires a full size coefficient grid. The approach is to preallocate space for a full coefficient array but only fill the 1st 107 (0:106) values. All the rest are set to zero.

Examine the Grib file via:


      initial_time0_hours = 44
      lv_HYBL1 = 31

      real_imaginary = 2 
      g50_lat_5 = 107        ; coefficient array
      g50_lon_6 = 107 
float D_GDS50_HYBL(initial_time0_hours, lv_HYBL1, real_imaginary, g50_lat_5, g50_lon_6)
      center :       European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (RSMC)
      long_name :    Divergence
      units :        s**-1
To compute the divergent winds and velocity potential see here.