[CF-metadata] Request for new standard names for climatological statistics based on thresholds
dan.hollis at metoffice.gov.uk
Mon Mar 27 05:06:13 MDT 2017
I raised a very similar question a couple of years ago:
The outcome was inconclusive. One suggestion was to add a Boolean attribute that indicated whether the threshold value was included or not. Others thought that adding more standard names was the way to go, while others thought that a single name was sufficient.
I encourage you to read through the rest of the thread and see if it helps with your current request:
For info, we continue to use the existing standard names even though they do not strictly match the definitions of our 'days of rain' statistics.
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From: CF-metadata [mailto:cf-metadata-bounces at cgd.ucar.edu] On Behalf Of Bärring Lars
Sent: 24 March 2017 08:10
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Subject: [CF-metadata] Request for new standard names for climatological statistics based on thresholds
Several standard names oriented towards climate indices for various impacts are based on thresholds, and the standard name includes the construct "..._above_threshold" or "..._below_threshold". However, several well-established climate indices use non-strict inequalities in their definition.
For model output using floating point precision the difference between using a strict and a non-strict inequality is small or even negligible, but for observational data discretized to some limited precision (typically one or no decimal digit) this makes a difference.
At a workshop last week people involved in WMO/CCl Expert Team on Sector-specific Climate Indices (ET-SCI) and the joint CCl/WCRP/JCOMM Expert Team on Climate Change Detection and Indices (ETCCDI), as well as the European ECA&D programme and several research projects discussed this.
The outcome of these discussions is to suggest new standard names similar to the existing ones but using the contructs "..._at_or_above_threshold" and "..._at_or_below_threshold". In all other respects these new standard names should be patterned after the following existing ones:
The specific use cases for these extension are several ET-SCI defined indices that involves non-strict inequalities.
The alternative of changing the ET-SCI definitions to use a strict inequality is not an option because they have been painstakingly defined in collaboration with user communities and/or are directly related to well-established operational usage.
Likewise, to just adjust the threshold in order to turn the non-strict inequality to a strict equality (say from 30 C to 29.9 C or 29.99 C or ...) is not attractive and prone to cause confusion.
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