Version 1 (modified by dstuebe, 12 years ago) (diff)



Variables are variables, they should be very similar to the existing CF Conventions, but certain meta data should be added due the complexity of unstructured grid data.

Variable Meta Data additions for unstructured grids

  • Connectivity variables
  • The coordinate variables
    • the name of the mesh it belongs to
  • Data variables
    • the name of the mesh it belongs to
    • The location of the data on the cell


Data CDL

Data at nodes in a non sigma coordinate mesh

float SomeData(time,Nodes)
	SomeData:standard_name = "this data"
	SomeData:Mesh = "MESH A"
	SomeData:Location = "NODECENT"
	SomeData:valid_min = "xx"
	SomeData:valid_max = "yy"

Data at nodes in a sigma coordinate mesh

float MoreData(time,levels, Nodes)
	MoreData:standard_name = "that data"
	MoreData:Mesh = "MESH B"
	MoreData:Location = "NODECENT 
	MoreData:valid_min = "xx"
	MoreData:valid_max = "yy"

Data at Cell centers in a sigma coordinate mesh

float lastData(time, layers, Cells)
	lastData:standard_name = "which data?"
	lastData:Mesh = "MESH C"
	lastData:Location = "CELLCENT"
	lastData:valid_min = "xx"
	lastData:valid_max = "yy"

Data at cell edges

float LessData(time, Edges)
	LessData:standard_name = "whos data?"
	LessData:Mesh = "MESH D"
	LessData:Location = "EDGECENT 
	LessData:valid_min = "xx"
	LessData:valid_max = "yy"

Data at cell faces

float ItsData(time, Faces)
	ItsData:standard_name = "why data?"
	ItsData:Mesh = "MESH D"
	ItsData:Location = "FACECENT 
	ItsData:valid_min = "xx"
	ItsData:valid_max = "yy"