[CF-metadata] Observation number

Heather Brown - NOAA Affiliate heather.brown at noaa.gov
Thu Nov 2 05:46:16 MDT 2017


Neil,

If your long_name turns out to not be as descriptive and leaves out vital
information I recommend placing further explanations in other attributes
for that variable, e.g. comment.

Hope this helps,
Heather

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On Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 12:42 PM, Bowler, Neill <
neill.bowler at metoffice.gov.uk> wrote:

> Thank you for replying and the pointers on the right path.
>
> I can indeed get compliance by avoiding the specification of a standard
> name.  It's a bit of a pain because my plotting software (iris) will label
> the dimension by standard name, and then long name if standard name is
> unavailable.  It simply means that I have to keep the long name relatively
> short for usability of the file - but I can live with that.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Neill
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: CF-metadata [mailto:cf-metadata-bounces at cgd.ucar.edu] On Behalf Of
> Nan Galbraith
> Sent: 01 November 2017 14:08
> To: cf-metadata at cgd.ucar.edu
> Subject: Re: [CF-metadata] Observation number
>
> I'd just like to elaborate one (potentially obvious) point: if there is no
> appropriate standard name for the variable in the CF vocabulary, don't use
> the standard_name attribute, just give the variable a descriptive long
> name, using the long_name attribute.
>
> Cheers - Nan
>
> On 10/31/17 9:00 AM, Jim Biard wrote:
> >
> > Neill,
> >
> > Lack of a standard name doesn't make the file non-compliant. There's
> > no minimum set of required attributes. If you follow the conventions
> > in how you make your observation number coordinate variable, then you
> > are fine, even if there is no standard name for it.
> >
> > Grace and peace,
> >
> > Jim
> >
> >
> > On 10/31/17 7:36 AM, Bowler, Neill wrote:
> >>
> >> Hi all,
> >>
> >> I'm very new to this, so please forgive my ignorance.
> >>
> >> I'm working on GPSRO data, and once this data has been collated we
> >> write it to a netCDF file.  The main observation data is written as a
> >> 2D array with dimensions observation number (1 to n, where n will
> >> vary from file to file) and height (from 0 to 60km).  The file also
> >> contains lots of additional data (such as latitude and longitude of
> >> each observation, the ID of the satellite used, etc).  The integer
> >> observation number is the only sensible unique dimension that I know of.
> >>
> >> My difficulty is that observation number, or something similar, is
> >> not in the CF standard.  Therefore my files are not CF-compliant,
> >> although they are in every other respect.  Is there scope for adding
> >> something like observation number to the standard?
> >>
> >> Many thanks,
> >>
> >> Neill
> >>
> >>
>
>
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