From: Rich Signell <rsignell@xxxxxxxxx>
Keywords: 200507051400.j65E0Bjo002656 IDV staggered grids
I still cannot look at any of the 3D fields of U and V
in my model results using IDV.
This solution given in your previous message below
works for my 2D fields of U and V, but not for the 3D
fields of U and V. I believe the problem is that the
vertical positions of the 3D U and V fields cannot be
determined, since the "ocean_s_coordinate" formula
which describes the vertical coordinate is only
defined at grid cell "centers" where elevation exists,
and the U and V points are on the "faces".
Yes, this is basically the problem.
Thus any attempt to display or regrid the 3D fields of
U and V fails. I think what we need is a function
that *horizontally* averages the U and V fields at
each "s level" (or sigma level) without doing anything
to the vertical coordinate, and then assigning this
new variable the vertical coordinate at the grid cell
Even just trying to display is problematic. The code
that computes the sizes of the ocean_s_coordinate variable
ends up being diffferent than the number of points for
the variable bases on the dimension. This is a problem
before it ever gets to the IDV.
We do something like what you suggest to support WRF
Eta coordinates, and we need to look at generalizing
The function would have three inputs: (1) the 3D U
field, (2) the 3D V field, (3) a 3D Temp or Salt field
(something that is at the grid cell centers, with an
existing vertical coordinate). All of these fields
would have the same number of vertical levels, but not
necessarily the same horizontal dimensions. In our
ROMS model, for example, the dimensions are
K J I
So with M=160 and N=60, we just want a function that
This should be possible to implement in Jython, right?
I don't think so. The problem is happening upstream of
where you can access it in VisAD/Jython. We'll have to
look at solving it in the vertical transform code.
There is a ROMS output sample file at:
that illustrates the problem. Any attempt to do
something with the 3D U and V fields fails.
Thanks for the sample. That will help.
Thanks for looking at this again,
We're currently in the process of preparing for the IDV
training workshop and I don't expect to get to look
closely at this until after that.
I've cc'd a couple of others here who might have some input
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