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[IDV #IIB-384472]: topography surface is too tall

> Full Name: brian mapes
> Email Address: address@hidden
> Organization: u of miami
> Package Version: 4.1 build date:2013-08-02 18:38 UTC
> Operating System: Windows 7
> Hardware: Java: home: C:\Program Files\IDV_4.1\jre version: 1.6.0_43 
> j3d:1.5.2 fcs (build4)
> Description of problem: Why is the Tibetan Plateau twice as tall as the 
> ~5000m high Z500 contours here,
> even as its color scale shows it should be about 5549 m at the top?
> How can I fix it?

     The value range of the surface geopotential is from 51916 to 103116, and 
no idea what is its unit. The resolution of the dataset is very low, I think 
the GFS 0.5 degree dataset is much better if you just want some topography 


> Do I need to write .ncml to give units to MERRA's surface geopotential field, 
> and an official formula with metadata units handling, to change that to 
> meters? (tedious) Or make a new dataset offline and store that on my RAMADDA?
> Or can I just fix it in IDV somehow, given that this will never change in 
> time?
> Thanks!
> Brian

Ticket Details
Ticket ID: IIB-384472
Department: Support IDV
Priority: Normal
Status: Open

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