Re: CRU TS 2.1

From: Ian Harris <i.harris_at_nyahnyahspammersnyahnyah>
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2006 16:46:09 +0100

Hi Michael,

You've raised a couple of issues:

On 30 Jun 2006, at 16:02, Michael Notaro wrote:

> I tried using the CRU f90 program to convert the data to nc but I
> receive a message
> that it can not find (on both NCAR's tempest and my
> mac). Any ideas?

Firstly, assuming you are talking about the CRU2nc.tgz package, it is
not a CRU program! Like all the software it is contributed, so
problems with it must be addressed to the author. Sorry! The data is
supplied with a description of the format, that's where the line was

> I think the data would be much more user friendly in a netcdf format.

I sort of agree, but 'user friendly'? *laughs* - maybe it is for
those (myself included) who regularly work with large datasets. But
for many people it's completely inappropriate and bewildering, the
popularity of my ASCIIfied NCAR Reanalysis Data (http:// is testament to that. I agree that
many of these users are probably using Excel (or something equally
alarming) for data analysis, but if they don't have the programming
skills (or resources) to use more nuts & bolts applications, then
those are the limits they (and we) have to work within.

Although no decisions have been made yet, (and it's not going to be
up to me!), I'm hoping we'll make the data available in ASCII *and*
binary forms - if so, I'll be pushing for NetCDF to be the latter!



> Mike
> On Jun 30, 2006, at 2:34 AM, Ian Harris wrote:
>> On 30 Jun, 2006, at 00:26, Michael Notaro wrote:
>>> Does anyone know how to read Climatic Research Unit CRU TS 2.1
>>> data (cru_ts_2_10.1901-2002.tmp) with NCL?
>> Unless some highly effective bespoke front-end has been built into
>> NCL, I'd recommend using one of the supplied programs to 'unpack'
>> the data first:
>> A front-end could be written for NCL but it's probably not worth
>> it. I am currently part of a team updating the CRU TS datasets and
>> I'm hoping to move to a more straightforward format.
>> Cheers
>> Harry
>> Ian "Harry" Harris
>> Climatic Research Unit
>> School of Environmental Sceinces
>> University of East Anglia
>> Norwich, UK NR4 7TJ
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Ian "Harry" Harris
Climatic Research Unit
School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia
Norwich NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom

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