New Data Product for Climate Studies


To make DOE’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility data more useful for climate studies and model development, scientists developed a data product specifically tailored for use by the climate community, the Climate Modeling Best Estimate (CMBE) dataset. The CMBE dataset combines, into a single resource, statistical summaries of multi-year, daily-based files of multiple instruments with a temporal resolution ranging from a seconds to minutes, hourly averages, temporal resolution comparable to that of a typical climate model output and quality control for temporal variability and data quality. Initially released in February 2008, the new data product has quickly drawn the attention of the climate modeling community. It is being used for model evaluation by two major U.S. climate modeling centers, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL).




Xie, S., R.B. McCoy, S.A. Klein, R.T. Cederwall, W.J. Wiscombe, E.E. Clothiaux, K.L. Gaustad, J.C. Golaz, S.D. Hall, M.P. Jensen, K.L. Johnson, Y. Lin, C.N. Long, J.H. Mather, R.A. McCord, S.A. McFarlane, G. Palanisamy, Y. Shi, and D.D. Turner, 2010: CLOUDS AND MORE: ARM Climate Modeling Best Estimate Data. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 91, 13-20. DOI: 10.1175/2009BAMS2891.1.