Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Reanalyses are retrospective analyses of past conditions that typically concentrate on the atmosphere, ocean, and/or land surface. They are widely used in atmospheric sciences for everything from climate research to weather forecasting to commercial applications. Unfortunately, it is surprisingly difficult to find information about reanalyses, including ways to obtain and analyze the data. Sure, "power users" know how to do this already, but we need reanalysis democracy where everyone has equal access. Being and educator, I like anything that knocks down the barriers to my students performing science at the speed of thought.
Enter reanalyses.org, a wiki to "facilitate comparison between ranalysis and observational datasets." It contains a nice summary of atmospheric and oceanic reanalyses, as well as plotting and data manipulation tools. This looks like a great start to at least lower the barriers to access.