# linint2

Interpolates from a rectilinear grid to another rectilinear grid using bilinear interpolation.

## Prototype

function linint2 ( xi : numeric, yi : numeric, fi : numeric, fiCyclicX [1] : logical, xo [*] : numeric, yo [*] : numeric, foOption [1] : integer ) return_val : float or double

## Arguments

*xi*

An array that specifies the X coordinates of the *fi*
array. Most frequently, this is a 1D strictly monotonically increasing
array that may be unequally spaced. In some cases, *xi* can be
a multi-dimensional array (see next paragraph). The rightmost
dimension (call it *nxi*) must have at least two elements, and is
the last (fastest varying) dimension of *fi*.

If *xi* is a multi-dimensional array, then each *nxi*
subsection of *xi* must be strictly monotonically increasing,
but may be unequally spaced. All but its rightmost dimension must be
the same size as all but *fi*'s rightmost two dimensions.

For geo-referenced data, *xi* is generally the longitude array.

*yi*

An array that specifies the Y coordinates of the *fi*
array. Most frequently, this is a 1D strictly monotonically increasing
array that may be unequally spaced. In some cases, *yi* can be
a multi-dimensional array (see next paragraph). The rightmost
dimension (call it *nyi*) must have at least two elements, and is
the second-to-last dimension of *fi*.

If *yi* is a multi-dimensional array, then each *nyi*
subsection of *yi* must be strictly monotonically increasing,
but may be unequally spaced. All but its rightmost dimension must be
the same size as all but *fi*'s rightmost two dimensions.

For geo-referenced data, *yi* is generally the latitude array.

*fi*

An array of two or more dimensions. The two rightmost dimensions must
of size *nyi* x *nxi*, and are the dimensions used in the
interpolation. If missing values are present, the attribute
*fi*@_FillValue must be set appropriately.

*fiCyclicX*

An option to indicate whether the rightmost dimension of *fi*
is cyclic. This should be set to True only if you have global data,
but your longitude values don't quite wrap all the way around the
globe. For example, if your longitude values go from, say, -179.75 to
179.75, or 0.5 to 359.5, then you would set this to True.

*xo*

A one-dimensional array that specifies the X coordinates of the return array. It must be strictly monotonically increasing, but may be unequally spaced.

For geo-referenced data, *xo* is generally the longitude array.

*yo*

A one-dimensional array that specifies the Y coordinates of the return array. It must be strictly monotonically increasing, but may be unequally spaced.

For geo-referenced data, *yo* is generally the latitude array.

*foOption*

Reserved for future use. Currently not used, but set it to 0.

## Return value

The returned value will have the same dimensions as *fi*,
except for the rightmost two dimensions which will have the same
dimension sizes as the lengths of *yo* and *xo*. The
return type will be double if *fi* is double, and float
otherwise.

## Description

**linint2** uses bilinear interpolation to interpolate
from one rectilinear grid
to another. The input grid may be cyclic in the x direction. The
interpolation is first performed in the x direction, and then in the y
direction.

If missing values are present, then **linint2** will
perform the bilinear interpolation at all points possible, but will
return missing values at coordinates which could not be used.

If the output coordinates (*xo*,*yo*) are outside those
of the input coordinates (*xi*,*yi*), then the
*fo* values at those coordinates will be set to missing
(i.e. no extrapolation is performed).

**linint2** differs from
**linint2_points** in that the former is designed to
interpolate from grid-to-grid, while the latter is designed to
interpolate from a grid to specified locations.

Use **linint2_Wrap** if retention
of metadata is desired.

## See Also

**linint2_Wrap**,
**area_conserve_remap**,
**area_conserve_remap_Wrap**,
**linint1**, **linint2_points**,
**linmsg**
**area_hi2lores**,
**area_hi2lores_Wrap**,

## Examples

**Example 1**

Assume *fi* is dimensioned *niy* x *nix* (30 x
80), and that the rightmost dimension is not to be treated as
cyclic. The returned array will be of size *noy* x
*nox*, where *noy* and *nox* are the sizes of the
one-dimensional arrays *xo* and *yo*:

xi = (30,33,35,39,....., 80) [does not have to be equally spaced] yi = (0,1,2,3,....,28,29) xo = (any coordinates between 30 and 80) [inclusive] yo = (any coordinates between 0 and 29) [inclusive] fo =linint2(xi,yi,fi, False, xo,yo, 0)

**Example 2**

Assume *fi* is a 4D array dimensioned *ntim* x
*nlvl* x *nlat* x *mlon* (*ntim*=50,
*nlvl*=30, *nlat*=64, *mlon*=128), and that the
rightmost dimension is to be treated as cyclic (the user should not
add a cyclic point for the rightmost dimension).

All times and levels will be interpolated and returned in a new array
*fo* dimensioned *ntim* x *nlvl* x *73* x
*144*:

lon = (0., 2.8125, .... , 357,0125) lat = (-87.8638, ... ,87.8638) LON = (0., 2.5, ... , 357.5) ; length 144 LAT = (-90.,87.5,...90.) ; length 73 fo =linint2(lon,lat,fi, True, LON,LAT, 0)

**Example 3**

The input grid is u(ntim,lat,lon) where longitude spans 1.25 to 358.75 degrees east and latitude spans -89 to 89 degrees north. The destination grid spans: 0.0 to 357.50 and -90 to 90, respectively. As noted in the above documentation:

If the output coordinates (xo,yo) are outside those of the input coordinates (xi,yi), then the fo values at those coordinates will be set to missing (i.e. no extrapolation is performed).Hence, the pole latitudes (-90 and 90) will contain missing values (_FillValue) since they exceed the latitude extremes of the input grid (-89 and 89). The most common approach to filling in the pole values is to average the original pole points or the adjacent-to-the-pole points of the interpolated grid.

a =addfile("...","r") u = a->zgprintVarSummary(u) ;;;output u@_FillValue=1e+20 dimu =dimsizes(u) ntim = dimu(0) ; number of input time points nlat = dimu(1) ; number of input latitudes nlon = dimu(2) ; number of input longitudes diro = "./" ; output directory filo = "daily_model.dat" ; output file ptho = diro+filosystem("/bin/rm -f "+ptho) ; rm any pre-exist file ;;interpolate to 2.5x2.5 mlon = 144 ; number of output longitudes mlat = 73 ; number of output latitudes klon =ispan(0,mlon-1,1)*2.5 klat =ispan(0,mlat-1,1)*2.5 model=linint2(u&lon,u&lat,u,True,klon,klat,0) ;(ntim,mlat,mlon) printVarSummary(model) do nt=0,ntim-1 ; poles: average next to last latitude values of interpolated grid ; note the subscrips are for the +/- 87.5 latitude band model(nt,mlat-1,:) =dim_avg(model(nt,mlat-2,:)) ; pole_nh model(nt, 0 ,:) =dim_avg(model(nt, 1 ,:)) ; pole_sh end do ;--- or --- do nt=0,ntim-1 ; poles: use original pole values model(nt,mlat-1,:) =dim_avg(u(nt,nlat-1,:)) ; original values model(nt, 0 ,:) =dim_avg(u(nt, 0 ,:)) end do ;--- nmsg =num(ismissing(model))fbinrecwrite(ptho, -1, model) ; fortran binary (sequential) ; orfbindirwrite(ptho,model) ; fortran binary (direct [flat]) ; orcbinwrite(ptho,model) ; C block I/O