wgrib2: new_grid
Introduction
The new_grid option interpolates the fields into a new
grid like a grib2 version of copygb (copygb2).
The default interpolation is bilinear but that can be changed using the
new_grid_interpolation option. This option uses
scalar and vector interpolation as appropriate. In order for the vector
interpolation to work, the vector quantities must be in a (U,V) order.
For example: Z200, U200, V200, Z500, U500, V500 is good. If the vector
quanties are not in (U,V) order, the vector quantites will not be interpolated.
The option is not part of the default configuration. The interpolation code is written
in fortran and combining fortran and C code can require some work. (gcc and gfortran is
already handled by the makefile.) Getting the C and Fortran code to cooperate
requires some systemspecific knowledge and may not be possible in all cases. Consequently
you are on your own in getting the new_grid option installed.
Installing new_grid: unsupported
Did I make myself clear? To make Fortran and C code work together requires knowledge
of the specific computer system. Consult your local expert. Don't ask me to read the
documentation specific to your computer system. Don't make me guess which libraries
are needed and where they hid the required libraries.
Limitations
 only limited number of input grids types are supported (can be expanded if supported by IPOLATES)
 only limited number of output grids are supported (can be expanded if supported by IPOLATES)
 only limited number of NCEP grids described (can be expanded)
 interpolation library only uses degrees to the nearest millidegree
 Lambert conformal: LatD must follow grib1 conventions
 Polar Stereographic: LatD must be 60 latitude (grib1 convention)
Installation
1) set USE_IPOLATES to 1 in the makefile
2) environment variable $FC must be set to the fortran90 compiler, ex. export FC=gfortran
3) If $FC is not gfortran, openf95, or xlf_r, then
modify the makefile for the new fortran compiler
modify New_grid.c for the new fortran compiler
Note: icc and pgc are incompatible with the jasper library used by wgrib2
4) now you are ready to make
Usage
new_grid_winds W new_grid A B C outfile
W = earth or grid
earth means that the U wind goes eastward
grid means that U wind goes from grid (i,j) to (i+1,j)
which is not eastward in a Lambertconformal or polar stereographic grids
A, B, C are the output grid description
outfile is an output file. The grib2 interpolated records are written in outfile
Examples
wgrib2 IN.grb set_grib_type same new_grid_winds earth new_grid latlon 100:10:1 30:20:1 OUT.grb
Interpolates from IN.grb to OUT.grb
Uses the same grib packing as in the input file
Makes a 10x20, 1x1 degree latlon grid, lower left corner: 100E 30N
wgrib2 IN.grb set_grib_type same new_grid_winds earth new_grid ncep grid 221 OUT.grb
Interpolates from IN.grb to OUT.grb
Uses the same grib packing as in the input file
Interpolates to NCEP grid 221.
Grid description format
new_grid ncep grid I outfile I = 2,3,98,126129,170,173,221,230,241,249 (ncep grid defintions)
T62,T126,T170,T190,T254,T382,T574,T1148,T1534
(NCEP Gaussian grids definitions)
Want more ncep grids? Modify ncep_grids.c
new_grid latlon lon0:nlon:dlon lat0:nlat:dlat outfile latlon grid
lat0, lon0 = degrees of lat/lon for 1st grid point
nlon = number of longitudes
nlat = number of latitudes
dlon = grid cell size in degrees of longitude
dlat = grid cell size in degrees of latitude
new_grid lambert:lov:latin1:latin2:lad lon0:nx:dx lat0:ny:dy outfile lambert conic conformal
new_grid lambert:lov:latin1:latin2 lon0:nx:dx lat0:ny:dy outfile lad = latin2
new_grid lambert:lov:latin1 lon0:nx:dx lat0:ny:dy outfile latin2 = latini lad = latin1
lov = longitude (degrees) where y axis is parallel to meridian
latin1 = first latitude from pole which cuts the secant cone
latin2 = second latitude from pole which cuts the secant cone
lad = latitude (degrees) where dx and dy are specified
lat0, lon0 = degrees of lat/lon for 1st grid point
nx = number of grid points in X direction
ny = number of grid points in Y direction
dx = grid cell size in meters in x direction
dy = grid cell size in meters in y direction
note: if latin2 >= 0, the north pole is on proj plane
if latin2 < 0, the south pole is on proj plane
new_grid lambertc:lov:latin1:latin2:lad lonc:nx:dx latc:ny:dy outfile lambert conic conformal with centered position
new_grid lambertc:lov:latin1:latin2 lonc:nx:dx latc:ny:dy outfile like lambert except lonc and latc replace lon0 and lat0
new_grid lambertc:lov:latin1 lonc:nx:dx latc:ny:dy outfile latc, lonc = degrees of lat/lon for center of the grid
new_grid nps:lov:lad lon0:nx:dx lat0:ny:dy outfile north polar stereographic
new_grid sps:lov:lad lon0:nx:dx lat0:ny:dy outfile south polar stereographic
lov = longitude (degrees) where y axis is parallel to meridian
lad = latitude (degrees) where dx and dy are specified
lat0, lon0 = degrees of lat/lon for 1st grid point
nx = number of grid points in X direction
ny = number of grid points in Y direction
dx = grid cell distance meters in x direction at lad
dy = grid cell distance meters in y direction at lad
new_grid gaussian lon0:nx:dlon lat0:ny outfile global Gaussian grids
lat0, lon0 = degrees of lat/lon for 1st grid point
note: lon1 = lon0, lat1 = lat0 + (nx1)*dlon;
nx = number of grid points in X direction
ny = number of grid points in Y direction
ny must be even
dlon = degrees of longitude between adjacent grid points
new_grid mercator:lad lon0:nx:dx:lonn lat0:ny:dy:latn outfile lad = latitude (degrees) where dx and dy are specified
lat0, lon0 = degrees of lat/lon for 1st grid point
latn, lonn = degrees of lat/lon for last grid point
nx = number of grid points in X direction
ny = number of grid points in Y direction
dx = grid cell distance in meters in x direction at lad
dy = grid cell distance in meters in y direction at lad
note: the mercator grid description is over specified
User must make sure (nx,dy) is consistent with lonn
as well as (ny,dy) is consistent with latn
lambert, nps, sps, mercator only support we:sn ordering
latlon, gaussian only support we:sn and we:ns ordering
Type of Interpolation
The IPOLATES library supports a number of interpolation schemes including bilinear (default),
bicubic, neighbor and budget. The wgrib2 was tested with the spectral interpolation but
that option was removed because it greatly increased the code size for a minor option.
The interpolation method can be selected by using the new_grid_interpolation
option before the new_grid option. Some of the interpolation
options need numeric parameters which are set by the
new_grid_ipopt option. IPOPT is defined in the IPOLATES library documentation.
You can use different interpolations for different variables. For example, a
bilinear interpolation of soil or vegetation type is meaningless.
wgrib2 IN.grb new_grid_winds earth \
new_grid_interpolation bilinear \
if ":(VGTYPSOTYP):" new_grid_interpolation neighbor fi \
new_grid latlon 0:360:1 90:1811:1 OUT.grb
line 2: set default interpolation to bilinear
line 3: if VGTYP or SOTYP then set the interpolatin nearest neighbor
line 4: do the interpolation
Winds
Before you do an interpolation, you need to define the wind directions.
Most people want the the V winds to be in the direction of the North Pole.
With a verbose wgrib2 inventory, you will seee winds(N/S). Some
meteorologists want the V winds to go from grid point (i,j) to (i,j+1).
The corresponding wgrib2 notation is "winds(grid)". See the
new_grid_winds option for more details.
Quilting tiles  Merging files
Yes, it can be done using new_grid, bin, import_bin rpn, and
the grib_out options. No, I haven't done it.
Limitations
The IPOLATES library is used in operations at NCEP but has its limitations.
Grids used by NCEP get supported and others don't. The library has a grib1 interface, so
new features of grib2 are not supported and the precision of the grid parameters
are limited to the grib1 values. For example, latitude and longitude
values are limited to millidegrees.
 not all grid types are supported by IPOLATES
 only common grids are supported by the wgrib2 "wrapper" for IPOLATES
 latitude, longitude values are in millidegrees (affects interpolation)
 only grib1 scan order are supported (i.e., WE:SN and WE:NS)
 NDFD/Glahn scan order are not supported (i.e., WEEW:SN)
 Earth is assumed to be spherical
 The fixed radius used by the IPOLATES library has circumvented.
NDFD work arounds
NDFD files are written in an order which is not supported by the IPOLATES library.
The NDFD files come in (WEEW):SN order. Which means the odd rows are in WE order and
the even rows are EW order. The rows go from south to north. The solution is to
convert the grid to WE:SN order is
 for data in input=WEEW:SN scan order (wgrib2 IN scan)
 read data, change order scan order of data, change flag table 3.4, save data
 wgrib2 IN.grb rpn alt_x_scan set table_3.4 64 grib_out OUT.grb
A variation of the previous trick can be used to put data in to (WEEW):SN packing.
See also:
new_grid_interpolation,
new_grid_winds,
new_grid_vectors,
lola,
bin,
import_bin,
rpn,
grib_out,
