RDA Service Interruption, June 19 - June 21

All RDA data access services will go offline for planned maintenance on June 19.  Data transfer services are expected to come back online during the evening of June 19.  Data request processing services will remain offline until the evening of June 21.  Requests will hold in status "Q" until these services come back online.


Job Opening -CISL is looking for a new full time Data Engineer

The CISL Data Support Section is looking for a new full time Data Engineer.  The Data Engineer will work independently and on collaborative teams with other scientific data managers to develop and maintain NCAR's Research Data Archive (RDA).  Activities will focus on improving archive content, discovery, and access capabilities.   

Are you interested?  Apply via UCAR's online portal today!


Notice: new Globus endpoints

The RDA data collections were recently moved to a new filesystem (and new directory paths), and as a result of the move, the two shared Globus endpoints providing access to RDA data products were rendered obsolete.  To remedy this, we have created two new shared endpoints and have transferred all active Globus shares to the new endpoints.

The caveat to this change is the new endpoints have new endpoint IDs, and this will have an impact on users who automate Globus transfers from RDA shared endpoints in their workflow scripts.  For those users who have automated transfers set up, please update your scripts to the new endpoint IDs as follows:

Endpoint name: NCAR RDA Dataset Archive (rda#datashare)
Old endpoint ID: db57de42-6d04-11e5-ba46-22000b92c6ec
New endpoint ID: 2869611a-36aa-11e8-b95e-0ac6873fc732

Endpoint name: NCAR RDA Data Requests (rda#data_request)
Old endpoint ID: d20e610e-6d04-11e5-ba46-22000b92c6ec
New endpoint ID: 68823254-36aa-11e8-b95e-0ac6873fc732

Please e-mail us at rdahelp@ucar.edu if you have questions.


Alternate access to NCEP data products through NCEP Data Portals

The RDA republishes many NCEP data products.  Users with urgent data needs during extended RDA downtimes may obtain the data directly from NCEP servers.

The 10-day archive of GFS products (including GDAS/FNL analysis grids) can be found at the real-time site http://www.nco.ncep.noaa.gov/pmb/products/gfs/

GDAS data up to ~ 9 months old may be found at this online archive  https://nomads.ncdc.noaa.gov/data/gdas/ (which may be decommissioned soon.)

THREDDS users can use https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/thredds/model/model.html

Older data can be requested from this long-term archive https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/model-data

Some of the data is available for immediate download.  For example, you can obtain GFS analysis files from ftp://nomads.ncdc.noaa.gov/GFS/analysis_only/201803/20180315/

Note that data read from tape is organized and delivered in daily (01Jan2001​–21Feb2012) or hourly (13Feb2012-present) tar files that can be very large and include things that you may not need.  For instance, one 6-hourly GDAS tar file is 47 GB and includes the initial hour and all forecast hours for global 0.25, 0.5, and 1.0 degree resolution grids.


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