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ECMWF ERA-Interim: spherical harmonic gridded model level forecast model parameter data (spfm)

Update Frequency: Not Planned
Latest Data Update: 2019-10-26
Status: Completed
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2014-08-26
Download Stats: last 12 months
Dataset Size: 118.83K Files | 3TB


Model level forecast parameters on a spherical harmonic grid from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECWMF) ERA-Interim programme.

The ERA-Interim global atmospheric reanalysis of the covers 1979 to August 2019. This follows on from the ERA-15 and ERA-40 re-analysis projects

This subset of the ERA-Interim dataset contains 3 parameters on 60 levels.

Citable as:  European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (2014): ECMWF ERA-Interim: spherical harmonic gridded model level forecast model parameter data (spfm). NCAS British Atmospheric Data Centre, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: ECMWF, ERA, ERA, Interim, reanalysis, model, spherical harmonics grid, model level, forecast


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Data lineage:

Data are generated by the ERA-Interim project at European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) before being prepared by ECMWF and uploaded to Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA) for ingestion into the archive.

Data Quality:
ECMWF quality controlled data.
File Format:
Data are GRIB formatted.

Process overview

This dataset was generated by the computation detailed below.

ECMWF ERA-Interim Re-analysis Model deployed on ECMWF Computer


This computation involved: ECMWF ERA-Interim Re-analysis Model deployed on ECMWF Computer. The data assimilation system used to produce ERA-Interim is based on a 2006 release of the IFS (Cy31r2). The system includes a 4-dimensional variational analysis (4D-Var) with a 12-hour analysis window. The spatial resolution of the data set is approximately 80 km (T255 spectral) on 60 vertical levels from the surface up to 0.1 hPa.

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  • units: s**-1
  • names: Divergence
  • units: m**2 s**-2
  • long_name: Geopotential
  • standard_name: geopotential
  • names: Geopotential, geopotential
  • units: ~
  • long_name: Logarithm of surface pressure
  • names: Logarithm of surface pressure
  • units: K
  • names: Temperature
  • units: Pa s**-1
  • names: Vertical velocity
  • units: s**-1
  • names: Vorticity (relative)

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