G5NR Data Access Guide

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G5NR background

The GEOS-5 Nature Run (Ganymed release) is a 2-year global, non-hydrostatic mesoscale simulation for the period 2005-2006. In addition to standard meteorological parameters (wind, temperature, moisture, surface pressure), this simulation includes 15 aerosol tracers (dust, seasalt, sulfate, black and organic carbon), O3, CO and CO2. This model simulation is driven by prescribed sea-surface temperature and sea-ice, daily volcanic and biomass burning emissions, as well as high-resolution inventories of anthropogenic sources.

GEOS-5 files are generated with the Network Common Data Form (NetCDF-4) library, which uses Hierarchical Data Format Version 5 (HDF-5) as the underlying format. NetCDF-4 is an open-source product of UCAR/Unidata (https://www.unidata.ucar.edu/software/netcdf/) and HDF-5 is developed by the HDF Group (http://www.hdfgroup.org/). One convenient method of reading GEOS-5 files is to use the netCDF library, but the HDF-5 library can also be used directly.

Each GEOS-5 file contains a collection of geophysical quantities that we will refer to as "fields" or "variables" as well as a set of coordinate variables that contain information about the grid coordinates. The variables as well as the complete structure of the file can be quickly listed using common utilities like ncdump or h5dump.

For more details about File Spec, please see File:G5NR-Ganymed-7km FileSpec-ON6-V1.0.pdf.

For model configuration, please see File:GMAO-OfficeNote-5-V1-22Oct2014.pdf.

Download data files

Global data


Data subsets

Download tool

Read downloaded data files

Fortran program

C program

Python script

Matlab script

IDL script


OPeNDAP access

OPeNDAP is a data server architecture that allows users to use data files that are stored on remote computers with their favorite analysis and visualization tools. Opening an OPeNDAP file is as easy replacing the file name in the client software by an OPeNDAP URL. All G5NR collections that are provided by ftp/download-tool are also available on the OPeNDAP server

Fortran client
C client
Python client
Matlab client
IDL client