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Gridspec: A standard for the description of grids used in Earth System models

Gridspec: A standard for the description of grids used in Earth System models

V. Balaji*
Princeton University
Alistair Adcroft
Princeton University

Zhi Liang
RSIS Inc.

7 June 2007

Abstract

The comparative analysis of output from multiple models, and against observational data analysis archives, has become a key methodology in reducing uncertainty in climate projections, and in improving forecast skill of medium- and long-term forecasts. There is considerable momentum toward simplifying such analyses by applying comprehensive community-standard metadata to observational and model output data archives.

The representation of gridded data is a critical element in describing the contents of model output. We seek here to propose a standard for describing the grids on which such data are discretized. The standard is drafted specifically for inclusion within the Climate and Forecasting (CF) metadata conventions.

* Corresponding author: V. Balaji, Princeton University and NOAA/GFDL, 201 Forrestal Road, Princeton NJ 08540-6646. Email: balaji@princeton.edu


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